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flood plain

or floodplain

noun
1.
a nearly flat plain along the course of a stream or river that is naturally subject to flooding.
Origin of flood plain
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for floodplain

flood plain

noun
1.
the flat area bordering a river, composed of sediment deposited during flooding
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Word Origin and History for floodplain
n.

also flood plain, 1873, from flood (n.) + plain (n.).

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floodplain in Science
floodplain
  (flŭd'plān')   
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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