riv·​er·​ine ˈri-və-ˌrīn How to pronounce riverine (audio)
: relating to, formed by, or resembling a river
: living or situated on the banks of a river

Examples of riverine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stretching more than 150 miles near the Moroccan border with Algeria, the Kem Kem rock formation (shown in red) contains fossil-rich layers from a riverine world when Spinosaurus reigned. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 15 May 2016 And the flooding from dams can hurt the riverine habitats of fish, birds and plants and inundate antiquities. Stanley Reed Matilde Viegas, New York Times, 3 Jan. 2023 In addition, its resinous wood is so impervious to rot that multi-millennial trunks in pristine condition have been unearthed from riverine sediment. Jared Farmer, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 Cruises on the Brahmaputra River Cruises across the mighty Brahmaputra River, and an exploration of its riverine culture, have thrown a new spotlight on Assam’s culture, history, and biodiversity. Condé Nast Traveller, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Nov. 2022 This leads to higher saline content and higher water temperatures, which can be lethal for many species of riverine life, such as Danube salmon, barbel, and European grayling, among many others. Paul Hockenos, WIRED, 1 Oct. 2022 Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector, including Border Patrol's Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) and riverine agents, responded on Thursday to a large group of people near Eagle Pass, Texas, and apprehended 53 migrants. Greg Norman, Fox News, 5 Sep. 2022 All the riverine words (confluence, mouth) take on new meanings now. Melissa Cundieff, The Atlantic, 21 Aug. 2022 The equivalent of long-haul trucks, Native American boats transported raw materials and handcrafted trade products — baskets, ceramics, luxury beadwork — on riverine highways up and down and across what is now called North America. New York Times, 3 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of riverine was in 1853

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“Riverine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverine. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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