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riparian Line breaks: ri¦par|ian
Pronunciation: /rʌɪˈpɛːrɪən/

Definition of riparian in English:


1chiefly Law 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 Relating to wetlands adjacent to rivers and streams: the ranch’s most expansive riparian habitat
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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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