Definition of alluvium in English:

alluvium

Line breaks: al¦lu|vium
Pronunciation: /əˈl(j)uːvɪəm
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A deposit of clay, silt, and sand left by flowing floodwater in a river valley or delta, typically producing fertile soil.
    More example sentences
    • Many vineyards are located on valley bottoms underlain by alluvium which can provide deep, free-draining soils of variable grain size.
    • The measured soil parameters at the sites were within the normal range for bottomland hardwood soils of Mississippi River alluvium.
    • In the east, which is lower and flatter, river gravels and alluvium from the North Sea have produced dark, rich soils.

Origin

mid 17th century: Latin, neuter of alluvius 'washed against', from ad- 'towards' + luere 'to wash'.

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