AskDefine | Define diluvial

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diluvial adj : of or connected with a deluge [syn: diluvian]

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Etymology

diluvium "flood"

Adjective

  1. Relating to or produced by a flood or deluge.
  2. Pertaining to Noah's Flood.

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Extensive Definition

Diluvium is a term in geology for superficial deposits formed by flood-like operations of water, and so contrasted with alluvium or alluvial deposits formed by slow and steady aqueous agencies. The term was formerly given to the boulder clay deposits, supposed to have been caused by the Noachian deluge.
This may be an archaic out-of date term
diluvial in Japanese: 洪積層
diluvial in Polish: Deluwium
diluvial in Ukrainian: Делювій
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