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colluvium

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noun col·lu·vi·um \kə-ˈlü-vē-əm\

Definition of colluvium

plural -via \-vē-ə\ or col·lu·vi·ums

  1. :  rock detritus and soil accumulated at the foot of a slope

col·lu·vi·al play \-vē-əl\ adjective


Origin of colluvium

New Latin, from Medieval Latin, offscourings, alteration of Latin colluvies, from colluere to wash, from com- + lavere to wash — more at lye


First Known Use: circa 1936


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