alluvion

noun

al·​lu·​vi·​on ə-ˈlü-vē-ən How to pronounce alluvion (audio)
1
: the wash or flow of water against a shore
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: 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

the nonstop torrential rains were threatening to produce an alluvion of biblical proportions

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of alluvion was circa 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Alluvion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alluvion. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

alluvion

noun
al·​lu·​vi·​on ə-ˈlü-vē-ən How to pronounce alluvion (audio)
: 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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