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a deposit of soil, dust, or rock debris formed by the decomposition of rock
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n. pl. e·lu·vi·ums or e·lu·vi·a (-vē-ə)
Residual deposits of soil, dust, and rock particles produced by the action of the wind.
[New Latin ēluvium, from Latin ēluere, to wash out; see elute.]
e·lu′vi·al (-əl) adj.
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n, pl -via (-vɪə)
(Physical Geography) a mass of sand, silt, etc: a product of the erosion of rocks that has remained in its place of origin
[C19: New Latin, from Latin ēluere to wash out]
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e•lu•vi•um(ɪˈlu vi əm)
n., pl. -vi•a (-vi ə)
a deposit of soil, dust, etc., formed from the decomposition of rock and found in its place of origin.
[1880–85; formed on the model of alluvium from Latin ēluere (of water) to wash out (soil, etc.); see elute]
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