colluvium

noun
col·​lu·​vi·​um | \ kə-ˈlü-vē-əm How to pronounce colluvium (audio) \
plural colluvia\ kə-​ˈlü-​vē-​ə How to pronounce colluvia (audio) \ or colluviums

Definition of colluvium

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

Other Words from colluvium

colluvial \ kə-​ˈlü-​vē-​əl How to pronounce colluvial (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of colluvium

circa 1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for colluvium

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

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“Colluvium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/colluvium. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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