|1.||an embankment alongside a river, produced naturally by sedimentation or constructed by man to prevent flooding|
|2.||an embankment that surrounds a field that is to be irrigated|
|3.||a landing place on a river; quay|
|[C18: from French, from Medieval Latin levāta, from Latin levāre to raise]|
|levee (lěv'ē) Pronunciation Key
any low ridge or earthen embankment built along the edges of a stream or river channel to prevent flooding of the adjacent land. Artificial levees are typically needed to control the flow of rivers meandering through broad, flat floodplains. Levees are usually embankments of dirt built wide enough so that they will not collapse or be eroded when saturated with moisture from rivers running at unusually high levels. Grass or some other matlike vegetation is planted on the top of the levee's bank so that its erosion will be kept to a minimum.
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