from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fan-shaped accumulation of alluvium deposited at the mouth of a ravine or at the juncture of a tributary stream with the main stream.

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  • noun A cone-shaped heap of alluvium deposited by a river.

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  • noun a fan-shaped deposit where a fast flowing stream flattens out


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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


    Date: 1873

    : the alluvial deposit of a stream where it issues from a gorge upon a plain or of a tributary stream at its junction with the main stream

    February 6, 2008