alluvion

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noun al·lu·vi·on \ə-ˈlü-vē-ən\

Definition of alluvion

  1. 1 :  the wash or flow of water against a shore

  2. 2 :  flood, inundation

  3. 3 :  alluvium

  4. 4 :  an accession to land by the gradual addition of matter (as by deposit of alluvium) that then belongs to the owner of the land to which it is added; also :  the land so added

Examples of alluvion in a sentence

  1. <the nonstop torrential rains were threatening to produce an alluvion of biblical proportions>

Origin and Etymology of alluvion

Latin alluvion-, alluvio, from alluere to flow past, deposit (of water), from ad- + lavere to wash — more at lye


First Known Use: circa 1541


Law Dictionary

alluvion

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noun al·lu·vi·on \ə-ˈlü-vē-ən\

Legal Definition of alluvion

  1. :  material (as clay, silt, sand, or gravel) deposited by running water; especially :  the land added by the gradual or imperceptible accumulation of such material along a bank or shore <alluvion formed in front of the property of several owners is divided equitably — Louisiana Civil Code>



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