freshet

noun
fresh·et | \ ˈfre-shət \

Definition of freshet 

1 archaic : stream sense 1

2a : a great rise or overflowing of a stream caused by heavy rains or melted snow

b : a swelling quantity : influx summer brings a freshet of tourists

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And spring will come and melt this frozen beauty with its thunderous freshet. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "The Great Frozen Falls Of Falls Village," 7 Jan. 2018 Director Matthew Ozawa gave the demon barber and all his victims credible backstories, adding flesh to the freshets of blood in Skylight Music Theatre’s production of this Sondheim classic. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Photos: Best Wisconsin theater productions of 2017," 15 Dec. 2017 And so this river rises, gathers new freshets, drains ever more valleys. Bill Mckibben, New Republic, "What Would Thoreau Think of Climate Change?," 12 July 2017 New springs, freshets of water popping out of the mountain and onto the road, created small gullies almost daily, and mud tainted the blue ocean the color of a café latte in broad eddies circling up the coast. Thomas Curwen, latimes.com, "More than 1,000,000 tons of rock and dirt has to be moved off Highway 1. But how?," 26 May 2017 Each episode — burbling freshets, dancing peasants, water sprites gamboling in moonlit waters, a torrent tumbling over the St. John's Rapids – was firmly drawn and smoothly tied together. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Jakub Hrusa scores strong CSO debut with vital account of Czech symphonic cycle," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of freshet

1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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