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Of, on, or relating to the banks of a natural course of water.

[From Latin rīpārius, from rīpa, bank.]


(raɪˈpɛərɪən) or


1. (Environmental Science) of, inhabiting, or situated on the bank of a river
2. (Law) denoting or relating to the legal rights of the owner of land on a river bank, such as fishing or irrigation
(Law) property law a person who owns land on a river bank
[C19: from Latin rīpārius, from rīpa a river bank]


(rɪˈpɛər i ən, raɪ-)

of, situated, or dwelling on the bank of a river or other body of water.
[1840–50; < Latin rīpāri(us) that frequents riverbanks (rīp(a) bank of a river1 + -ārius -ary) + -an1]


a dweller on the bank of a river. — riparian, adj.
See also: Rivers
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.riparian - of or relating to or located on the banks of a river or stream; "riparian land"


A. ADJribereño
B. Nribereño/a m/f


adj (form)Ufer-; riparian rightUferanliegerrecht nt
References in classic literature ?
His reed pipe when applied to his lips gave out no melody, but a dismal wail; the sylvan and riparian intelligences no longer thronged the thicket-side to listen, but fled from the sound, as he knew by the stirred leaves and bent flowers.
The selfishness of the riparian proprietor grows with every year.
In most states, riparian systems of some sort are being used to improve water quality and provide wildlife habitats.
This article examines the impact of desert riparian areas, an important but vanishing natural amenity throughout the arid western United States.
Alberta, Canada's Community Riparian Program (CRP) is offering a province-wide strategy aimed to maintain and protect riparian areas characterized by wetland vegetation and wet soils along streams, rivers, lakes, ponds and springs.
We have contacted the council and the river authority but to no avail, and are told it's a case of "riparian rights".
To test the hypothesis that the species prefers a riparian habitat 45 plots (10 m x 10 m) were placed in three different successional stages of tropical dry forest in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica, in January of 2000.
Strips of land cradling waterways, or riparian zones, that are outside the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park have more-diverse bird populations, says peter B.
Surprisingly little research has been done to partition the contribution of catastrophic disturbance from that of small-scale individualistic mortality events on riparian large woody debris (LWD) recruitment.
The oft-repeated technical objections to Kalabagh by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (upper riparian) and Sindh (lower riparian) also require a reappraisal in view of the experience gained since the start of 20th century.
For instance, the Environment Management Act puts the recommended riparian distance at a minimum of six metres and a maximum of 30 metres from the highest watermark.