so·​li·​fluc·​tion ˈsō-lə-ˌflək-shən How to pronounce solifluction (audio)
: the slow creeping of saturated fragmental material (such as soil) down a slope that usually occurs in regions of perennial frost

Word History


Latin solum soil + -i- + fluction-, fluctio act of flowing, from fluere to flow — more at fluid

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of solifluction was in 1906

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“Solifluction.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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