solifluction

noun
so·​li·​fluc·​tion | \ ˈsō-lə-ˌflək-shən How to pronounce solifluction (audio) \

Definition of solifluction

: the slow creeping of saturated fragmental material (such as soil) down a slope that usually occurs in regions of perennial frost

First Known Use of solifluction

1906, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for solifluction

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

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The first known use of solifluction was in 1906

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“Solifluction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solifluction. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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