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eluvium

[ih-loo-vee-uh m] /ɪˈlu vi əm/
noun, plural eluvia
[ih-loo-vee-uh] /ɪˈlu vi ə/ (Show IPA).
Geology
1.
a deposit of soil, dust, etc., formed from the decomposition of rock and found in its place of origin.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; formed on the model of alluvium from Latin ēluere (of water) to wash out (soil, etc.); see elute
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  • Native gold occurs in the lowest bed of pebble deposits and in the upper part of underlying eluvium.
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eluvium

/ɪˈluːvɪəm/
noun (pl) -via (-vɪə)
1.
a mass of sand, silt, etc: a product of the erosion of rocks that has remained in its place of origin
Derived Forms
eluvial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Latin ēluere to wash out
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eluvium
  (ĭ-l'vē-əm)   
  1. Residual deposits of soil, dust, and sand produced by the action of the wind.

  2. Residual deposits of soil, dust, and rock particles produced by the in-situ decomposition and disintegration of rock.


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