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n. - Clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down; The rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; Gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment.

Usage examples (31)
  • The increasing alluvion in the river bank is causing the water to rise rapidly.
  • The soil of the alluvion is warm, rich and productive; that of the uplands rather wet and cold, but excellent for pasture and meadow.
  • Probable depth of alluvion is about one fifth of a mile, by inference from the depth of the Gulf of Mexico. '
  • The land is an alluvion of no very ancient formation. for more
Tutoring comment
  • "Alluvion" is the flow of water against a shore that sometimes deposits "alluvium" (silt or sand deposited by flowing water). When the wind deposits material such as sand or rock, the correct term is "eluvium."
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