pluvial(redirected from pluvials)
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1. Of or relating to rain; rainy.
2. Marked or formed by abundant rainfall: pluvial periods; a pluvial lake.
An extended period of abundant rainfall, especially such a period of the Pleistocene Epoch.
[Latin pluviālis, from pluvia, rain; see pluvious.]
of, characterized by, or due to the action of rain; rainy: pluvial insurance.
1. (Geological Science) geology of or relating to rainfall or precipitation
2. (Geological Science) a climate characterized by persistent heavy rainfall, esp one occurring in unglaciated regions during the Pleistocene epoch
[C17: from Latin pluviālis rainy, from pluvia rain]
plu•vi•al(ˈplu vi əl)
1. of or pertaining to rain, esp. much rain; rainy.
2. occurring through or formed by the action of rain.
[1650–60; < Latin pluviālis=pluvi(a) rain + -ālis -al1]
1. Relating to rain; rainy: During the Pleistocene Epoch there were many pluvial periods.
2. Caused by rain: pluvial lakes.