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flood plain

a nearly flat plain along the course of a stream or river that is naturally subject to flooding.
Also, floodplain.
Origin of flood plain
1870-75 Unabridged
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  • They cultivated crops for food, locating villages on or near fertile river floodplains.
British Dictionary definitions for floodplains

flood plain

the flat area bordering a river, composed of sediment deposited during flooding
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floodplains in Science
Flat land bordering a river and made up of alluvium (sand, silt, and clay) deposited during floods. When a river overflows, the floodplain is covered with water.
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