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

  • adj. Fluvial.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or produced by rivers; fluvial

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Belonging to rivers or streams; existing in or about rivers; produced by river action; fluvial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of riverine nature; growing in or near fresh water; produced by river action; fluvial: as, fluviatile species or deposits.


French, from Latin fluviātilis, from fluvius, river; see fluvial.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • All the rocks are of Pliocene or Pleistocene, fluviatile origin, and consist mainly of sandstones, conglomerates, quartzites, shales and micaceous sandstone.

    Royal Chitwan National Park, Nepal

  • Approximately 1 billion years ago, large deposits of fluviatile sediments covered much of the northern savannas of Australia, forming sandstone plateaus.

    Cape York tropical savanna

  • The soils of this ecoregion are all of fluviatile origin, except for the Coastal Barrier Islands that consist of marine sand overlain with an organic surface layer.

    Niger Delta swamp forests

  • The Niger Delta is the product of both fluviatile and marine sediment build-up since the upper Cretaceous, and its low relief is responsible for the meandering and frequent shifting of the Niger and its tributaries.

    Niger Delta swamp forests

  • It further contributed to Paleontology as many vertebrate fossils were collected, most often by workers, from late lower and early middle Miocene sand units that correspond to regressive, mainly fluviatile events in an otherwise essentially marine series.

    No joke: someone stepped in it - The Panda's Thumb

  • Some of the latter correspond to the deposition of fluviatile sands rich in mammals and other fossils.

    No joke: someone stepped in it - The Panda's Thumb

  • The fluviatile trees next the shore are the slender eyelashes which fringe it, and the wooded hills and cliffs around are its overhanging brows.


  • Analogous to the above mentioned gold deposits, recent fluviatile alluvial tin deposits are exploited, e.g. on the Rio Huanuni, Dept. Oruro, Bolivia.

    Chapter 17

  • But if the bottom be lowered by sinking at the same rate that it is raised by fluviatile mud, the bay can never be turned into dry land.

    The Harvard Classics Volume 38 Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)

  • Occasionally lacustrine and fluviatile shells, or the bones of amphibious or land reptiles, point to the same conclusion.

    The Harvard Classics Volume 38 Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)


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  • related to a stream or river
    from Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

    July 19, 2009