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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or inhabiting a river or stream.
  • adj. Produced by the action of a river or stream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, inhabiting, or produced by the action of a river or stream

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to rivers; growing or living in streams or ponds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating or pertaining to rivers: as, fluvial waters; fluvial navigation or fisheries.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or happening in a river


Middle English, from Latin fluviālis, from fluvius, river, from fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin fluviālis. (Wiktionary)


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