flu·​vi·​al | \ ˈflü-vē-əl How to pronounce fluvial (audio) \

Definition of fluvial

1 : of, relating to, or living in a stream or river
2 : produced by the action of a stream a fluvial plain

Examples of fluvial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Alabama shad, frecklebelly madtom, and crystal darter are also mostly gone, and minnows like the Mobile chub and the fluvial shiner no longer appear at sites where Suttkus commonly caught them. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "These surreal jarred fish tell an urgent story of extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 Imai also noted that the bird lived in a fluvial environment, with a temperate and warm climate, with a short, dry season. Fox News, "120M-year-old bird that lived during the age of dinosaurs discovered in Japan," 14 Nov. 2019 The Paraguay River, one of the region’s main fluvial veins, is at a 20-year low. Washington Post, "Biggest tropical wetlands ravaged by fires in Brazil," 7 Nov. 2019 Kramer is a 32-year-old fluvial geomorphologist, a scientist who studies rivers. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 Celebrate the fluvial beast that made our city with music, dance, food, and even free kayak tours throughout the day. Dillon Pilorget, OregonLive.com, "Mermaids and Pickathon: 8 things to do in Portland in the week ahead," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of fluvial

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fluvial

Middle English, from Latin fluvialis, from fluvius river, from fluere

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“Fluvial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluvial. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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