(plo͞o′vē-əs) also plu·vi·ose (-ōs′)
Characterized by heavy rainfall; rainy.

[Middle English, from Old French pluvieus, from Latin pluviōsus, from (aqua) pluvia, rain (water), feminine of pluvius, of rain, from pluere, to rain; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.]

plu′vi·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
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raininess. — pluvious, adj.
See also: Rain
raininess. — pluvious, adj.
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According to the pluviosity data provided by the Agencia Pernambucana de Aguas e Clima (APAC), the dry season was defined between October and March (37.8 [+ or -] 19.93 mm), and the rainy season between April and September (213.1 [+ or -] 76.85 mm).
According with Koppen classification, the region is classified as "BSh" (dry climate, semiarid with low latitude and altitude), annual pluviosity inferior to 500 mm distributed in the months between November and April (Alvares et al., 2014).
The temperature and pluviosity data were obtained through the Data Collection Platform (DCP) located in the city of Anage-BA under the name "PCD 32494-Station: Anage-BA" (Figures 1 and 2).
In terms of the problem, this means that the irrigation strategy is frequently recomputed (replan) every time taking into account the measured system variable (previous pluviosity).
It exhibits unique characteristics: it is strongly influenced by the high pluviosity rates of the Amazon region and the diary strong tides of the Amazon delta (TAKYAMA et al., 2004), which create an ideal environment for fish inhabiting and feeding.
The river and reservoir increasingly become eutrophic with decreasing pluviosity; high N[O.sub.3], conductivity, TDS and increased oxygen demand were observed during the dry periods.
In the Southeast region, melon is cultivated mainly under protected conditions due to pluviosity in that region being frequently very high.
"If they wish to make rain, they simulate it by sprinkling water or mimicking clouds." The flute in Osundare's song would simulate the sound of the rain-bearing winds and the thunderous drumming would mimic the patter of pluviosity. The musical instruments serve to enhance, as it were, the status of the poet as rainmaker, a strategic poetic ally of the pluvial powers.
The solubilisation and leaching of limestone increases with pluviosity, the respiration and metabolism of the roots and mycelia, and other factors that increase the partial pressure of the C[O.sub.2] (pC[O.sub.2]) in the soil.