riparian

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adjective ri·par·i·an \rə-ˈper-ē-ən, rī-\

Definition of riparian

  1. :  relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (such as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater riparian trees

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Riparian came to English from the same source that gave us "river" - the Latin riparius, a noun deriving from ripa, meaning "bank" or "shore." First appearing in English in the 19th century, "riparian" refers to things that exist alongside a river (such as riparian wetlands, habitats, trees, etc.). Some river communities have laws called "riparian rights," referring to the rights of those owning land along a river to have access to the waterway. Note the distinction of this word from "littoral," which usually refers to things that occur along the shore of a sea or ocean.

Origin and Etymology of riparian

Latin riparius — more at river


First Known Use: 1810


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riparian

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adjective ri·par·i·an \rə-ˈper-ē-ən\

Legal Definition of riparian

  1. :  of or relating to or living or located on the bank of a watercourse (as a river or stream) or sometimes a lake; broadly :  of or relating to or living or located on the bank of a body of water — compare littoral

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