adjective ri·par·i·an \rə-ˈper-ē-ən, rī-\

Definition of RIPARIAN

:  relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater <riparian trees>

Origin of RIPARIAN

Latin riparius — more at river
First Known Use: circa 1841

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale


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