mudflow

[muhd-floh]
noun Geology.
1.
a flow of mixed earth debris containing a large amount of water.
2.
the dried-out product of such a flow.
Also called mud slide, mudspate.


Origin:
1900–05; mud + flow

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mudflow (ˈmʌdˌfləʊ)
 
n
geology a flow of soil or fine-grained sediment mixed with water down a steep unstable slope

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mudflow   (mŭd'flō')  Pronunciation Key 
A downhill movement of soft, wet, unconsolidated earth and debris, made fluid by rain or melted snow and often building up great speed.
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Example sentences
Persons can be swept away by a surge of water run off, mudflow, or debris flow.
Clay and water in the debris cause further change to a liquid slurry known as a
  debris flow or mudflow.
The danger from a mudflow increases near stream channels and with prolonged
  heavy rains.
Remember that flooding may occur after a mudflow or a landslide.
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