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Definition of Diluvium

  • A deposit of superficial loam, sand, gravel, stones, etc., caused by former action of flowing waters, or the melting of glacial ice.

How to use diluvium in a sentence. Diluvium pronunciation.

We travelled over land equal to any that we had seen, a deep black diluvium with grass three or four feet high, and thinly-timbered.
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Intending to come down on the opposite side and hail the vessel, I crossed on the banks of the river, a large marsh, one mile and a half broad by three or four long, of the richest diluvium; not a tree was to be seen.
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The term "diluvium" was for a time the most popular name of the boulder formation, because it was referred by many to the deluge of Noah, while others retained the name as expressive of their opinion that a series of diluvial waves raised by hurricanes and storms, or by earthquakes, or by the sudden upheaval of land from the bed of the sea, had swept over the continents, carrying with them vast masses of mud and heavy stones, and forcing these stones over rocky surfaces so as to polish and imprint upon them long furrows and striae.
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By the way, how do you and Buckland account for the "tails" of diluvium in Scotland?
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Mr. Darwin speaks of the tails of diluvium in Scotland extending from the protected side of a hill, of which the opposite side, facing the direction from which the ice came, is marked by grooves and striae (loc. cit.
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Reading your book has brought vividly before my mind the state of knowledge, or rather ignorance, half a century ago, when all superficial matter was classed as diluvium, and not considered worthy of the attention of a geologist.
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Diluvium, tails of. Dimorphism, in Cynips.
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Tails of diluvium, in Scotland.
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That it was beyond doubt that these human relics were traceable to a period at which the latest animals of the diluvium still existed; but that no proof of this assumption, nor consequently of their so-termed 'fossil' condition, was afforded by the circumstances under which the bones were discovered.
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It has even been supposed that in diluvial deposits the presence of 'dendrites' might be regarded as affording a certain mark of distinction between bones mixed with the diluvium at a somewhat later period and the true diluvial relics, to which alone it was supposed that these deposits were confined.
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Sufficient grounds exist for the assumption that man coexisted with the animals found in the 'diluvium'; and many a barbarous race may, before all historical time, have disappeared, together with the animals of the ancient world, whilst the races whose organization is improved have continued the genus.
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Water, n. Associated Words: aquatic, aquarium, aqueduct, alluvial, alluvion, affusion, aquapuncture, alluvium, diluvium, anhydrous, enhydrous, amphibious, amphibian, aquiferous, aquiform, aquiparous, buoy, coffer, cofferdam, debacle, cataclysm, dehydrate, dehydration, irrigation, diluvian, douche, glairin, baregin, hydragogue, hydrant, hydrate, hydration, hydrated, hydraulicon, hydrodynamics, hydroextractor, hydrogen, oxygen, hydrognosy, hydrographer, hydrography, hydrologist, reservoir, hydrolysis, hydromania, hydromaniac, hydraulic, hydromancy, hydromechanics, hydrometry, hydrophanous, hygrophilous, hydrorrhea, hydroscope, hydrostatic, hydrofuge, hydrostatics, hydrotic, hydrotherapeutics, hydrous, siphon, seepage, philhydrous, sluice, turbine, hydraulics, current, undertow. water, n. lymph; serum. water-bearer, n. Aquarius.
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Then, after another long period, these appear, in what is called the _tertiary_ period; until, at last, some remains of man are found, in the diluvium, or gravel.
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We had a few capital shots: the fragments flew in every direction; and an immense mass of the diluvium came toppling down, bearing with it two dead birds, that in a recent storm had crept into one of the deeper fissures, to die in the shelter.
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Several large stones came rolling down from the diluvium in the course of the afternoon.
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Examples of Diluvium

Example #1
After travelling eight miles we struck the trail of the natives which in a short time led us to a branch of the tribe, consisting of one chief, his wife, and three children-fine, plump, chubby, healthy-looking urchins they were.
Example #2
We made an early breakfast and resumed our journey in order to reach the camp of the blacks, the smoke of whose fires we had seen yesterday.
Example #3
Having crossed this marsh we passed through a dense tea-tree scrub, very high, expecting to make the vessel in the course of an hour or two, but, to our great surprise, when we got through, we found ourselves on the banks of a much larger river than the one we had originally gone up.
Example #4
After leaving this forest, we came upon the river I had gone up a few days before.
Example #5
But geologists were not long in seeing that the boulder formation was characteristic of high latitudes, and that on the whole the size and number of erratic blocks increases as we travel towards the Arctic regions.
Example #6
In those exceptional cases where marine shells of the same date as the boulder clay were found, nearly all of them were recognised as living species- a fact conspiring with the superficial position of the drift to indicate a comparatively modern origin.