Definition of pluvial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpluːvɪəl/
chiefly Geology


Relating to or characterized by rainfall: the alternation of pluvial and arid periods in the Quaternary
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  • Left by a passing glacier, the boulders acted as umbrellas to the softer rock beneath, protecting it from pluvial erosion.
  • Evidence of pluvial lakes have been used in the reconstruction of palaeoclimates, using shoreline evidence and analysis of lake sediments to link lake levels to climate.
  • That is, if the pluvial conditions are such that a rainbow is produced, then that rainbow will look very different from the norm.


A period marked by increased rainfall.


Mid 17th century: from Latin pluvialis, from pluvia 'rain'.

Words that rhyme with pluvial

alluvial, diluvial, fluvial

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