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alluvion

[uh-loo-vee-uh n] /əˈlu vi ən/
noun
1.
Law. a gradual increase of land on a shore or a river bank by the action of water, whether from natural or artificial causes.
2.
overflow; flood.
3.
Now Rare. alluvium.
Origin
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin alluviōn- (stem of alluviō an overflowing), equivalent to al- al- + -luv-, base of -luere, combining form of lavere to wash) + -iōn- -ion
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  • In common practice the terms alluvion and accretion have been used almost interchangeably.
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alluvion

/əˈluːvɪən/
noun
1.
  1. the wash of the sea or of a river
  2. an overflow or flood
  3. matter deposited as sediment; alluvium
2.
(law) the gradual formation of new land, as by the recession of the sea or deposit of sediment on a riverbed
Word Origin
C16: from Latin alluviō an overflowing, from luere to wash
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