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pluvial

[ploo-vee-uh l] /ˈplu vi əl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to rain, especially much rain; rainy.
2.
Geology. occurring through the action of rain.
noun
3.
Geology. a rainy period formerly regarded as coeval with a glacial age, but now recognized as episodic and, in the tropics, as characteristic of interglacial ages.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin pluviālis, equivalent to pluvi(a) rain + -ālis -al1
Related forms
interpluvial, adjective
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Examples for pluvial
  • Evidence of early human inhabitation has been found along the shorelines of pluvial lakes.
British Dictionary definitions for pluvial

pluvial

/ˈpluːvɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, characterized by, or due to the action of rain; rainy pluvial insurance
noun
2.
(geology) of or relating to rainfall or precipitation
3.
a climate characterized by persistent heavy rainfall, esp one occurring in unglaciated regions during the Pleistocene epoch
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pluviālis rainy, from pluvia rain
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Word Origin and History for pluvial
pluvial
1656, "pertaining to rain," from Fr. pluvial (12c.), from L. pluvialis "pertaining to rain," from (aqua) pluvia "rain (water)," from fem. of pluvius "rainy," from plovere "to rain," from PIE base *pleu- "to flow, to swim" (cf. Skt. plavate "navigates, swims;" Gk. plynein "to wash," plein "to navigate;" O.E. flowan "to flow").
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pluvial in Science
pluvial
  (pl'vē-əl)   
Relating to or caused by rain.
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