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2 definitions found
 for alluvion
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Alluvion \Al*lu"vi*on\, n. [F. alluvion, L. alluvio, fr. alluere
     to wash against; ad + luere, equiv. to lavare, to wash. See
     Lave.]
     1. Wash or flow of water against the shore or bank.
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     2. An overflowing; an inundation; a flood. --Lyell.
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     3. Matter deposited by an inundation or the action of flowing
        water; alluvium.
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              The golden alluvions are there [in California and
              Australia] spread over a far wider space: they are
              found not only on the banks of rivers, and in their
              beds, but are scattered over the surface of vast
              plains.                               --R. Cobden.
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     4. (Law) An accession of land gradually washed to the shore
        or bank by the flowing of water. See Accretion.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  alluvion
      n 1: gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or
           deposit of sediment
      2: the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto
         normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"
         [syn: flood, inundation, deluge, alluvion]
      3: clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and
         deposited where the stream slows down [syn: alluvial
         sediment, alluvial deposit, alluvium, alluvion]

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