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diluvial

[dih-loo-vee-uh l] /dɪˈlu vi əl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or caused by a flood or deluge.
2.
Geology Now Rare. pertaining to or consisting of diluvium.
Also, diluvian.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin dīluviālis, equivalent to dīluvi(um) flood (see deluge) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
prediluvial, adjective
undiluvial, adjective
undiluvian, adjective
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Examples from the web for diluvial
  • The sediments are alluvial, diluvial, or lacustrine.
  • The sediments are composed of alluvial, diluvial, and marine sediments.
  • Older sedimentary rocks are either alluvial and diluvial facies whereas the younger sedimentary rocks are lacustrine.
  • diluvial and alluvial sediments are unsuitable for dumps.
British Dictionary definitions for diluvial

diluvial

/daɪˈluːvɪəl; dɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or connected with a deluge, esp with the great Flood described in Genesis
2.
of or relating to diluvium
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin dīluviālis; see diluvium
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Word Origin and History for diluvial
adj.

"pertaining to a flood" (or The Flood), 1650s, from Late Latin diluvialis, from Latin diluvium "flood, inundation" (see deluge (n.)). Related: Diluvian.

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diluvial in Science
diluvial
  (dĭ-l'vē-əl)   
Relating to or produced by a flood.
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