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[ih-loo-vee-ey-shuh n] /ɪˌlu viˈeɪ ʃən/
the movement through the soil of materials brought into suspension or dissolved by the action of water.
Origin of eluviation
1925-30; eluviate + -ion Unabridged
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  • Pans formed from equipment traffic, or natural eluviation processes can also affect water movement.
British Dictionary definitions for eluviation


the process by which material suspended in water is removed from one layer of soil to another by the action of rainfall or chemical decomposition
Word Origin
C20: from eluvium
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eluviation in Science
The lateral or downward movement of the suspended material in soil through the percolation of water. Eluviation differs from leaching in that it affects suspended, not dissolved, material and usually results only in the movement of the material from one soil horizon to another.
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