riv·​er·​ine | \ ˈri-və-ˌrīn How to pronounce riverine (audio) , -ˌrēn \

Definition of riverine

1 : relating to, formed by, or resembling a river
2 : living or situated on the banks of a river

Examples of riverine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During these events, boaters get to understand the riverine ecosystem and its threats while taking water samples in secluded areas that aren’t normally surveyed by researchers. Marcello Rossi, Smithsonian Magazine, "24 Ways To Turn Outdoor Passions Into Citizen Science," 29 Dec. 2020 While Neely Henry is traditionally stingy on weights, the challenge will be to break down the pattern on this riverine lake and find enough fish to score consistently throughout the event. Frank Sargeant, al, "Bassmaster Elites to Visit Neely Henry Lake," 23 Dec. 2020 But this uniquely Australian creature’s riverine habitat is being threatened by climate change, in the form of more severe and more frequent droughts, as well as by water diversion and extraction. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Platypuses Lost 22% of Their Habitat Over Last 30 Years," 25 Nov. 2020 Past beneficiaries were almost exclusively riverine communities in the U.S.’s rural interior—people who lived too close to the overflowing Mississippi and Red rivers, for instance, were relocated nearby. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, "Surrendering to Rising Seas," 1 Aug. 2018 That’s exactly what happened: The riverine pulse returned, and with each year, the run of alewives returning from Casco Bay grew bigger. James Prosek, National Geographic, "If you unbuild it, they will come—the fish, that is," 14 Aug. 2020 Think: intense rainfall, storm surges, tidal sources, and riverine flooding—which will worsen with climate change. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "New Findings Claim U.S. Homes Are at Much Higher Flood Risks Than Federal Maps Have Predicted," 6 July 2020 The concentration of flood damage in urban areas with large black populations may contrast to images of hurricanes hitting affluent coastal areas and riverine floods swamping rural, largely white communities. Thomas Frank, Scientific American, "Flooding Disproportionately Harms Black Neighborhoods," 2 June 2020 The park is arguably one of the most famous in the world and covers 5,700 square miles of grassland, riverine forest, woodlands and savannah. Olivia Yasukwa And Torera Idowu, CNN, "5 of Africa's best national parks," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of riverine

1853, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Feb 2021

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“Riverine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/riverine. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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