Definition of riparian in English:


Syllabification: ri·par·i·an
Pronunciation: /riˈpe(ə)rēən, rī-


chiefly Law
  • 1Of, relating to, or situated on the banks of a river: all the riparian states must sign an agreement
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    • There is far too much open water in this island where riparian owners are private citizens for a duty of such a wide general nature to be easily imposed by the law.
    • The House of Lords held that as a riparian owner the company was entitled to enjoy access to the water in contact with its frontage and to have the water flow to it in its natural state.
    • Fish and crustaceans enter this system, attracting native waterbirds, shorebirds, and seabirds, which regularly forage along the ditch's riparian banks.
  • 1.1 Ecology Of or relating to wetlands adjacent to rivers and streams.
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    • With their support, we can improve and protect the stream and riparian habitats upon which the imperiled wildlife of the Green River fauna depends.
    • Together, the two funding sources should ensure that significant portions of Green River riparian habitats are restored and protected.
    • Floodplains supported softwood forests and bountiful warm-season riparian food resources such as fish and mussels.


mid 19th century: from Latin riparius (from ripa 'bank') + -an.

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