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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alluvion  \Al*lu"vi*on\,  n.  [F.  alluvion,  L.  alluvio,  fr  alluere 
  to  wash  against;  ad  +  luere,  equiv.  to  lavare  to  wash.  See 
  {Lave}.] 
  1.  Wash  or  flow  of  water  against  the  shore  or  bank. 
 
  2.  An  overflowing;  an  inundation;  a  flood.  --Lyell. 
 
  3.  Matter  deposited  by  an  inundation  or  the  action  of  flowing 
  water;  alluvium. 
 
  The  golden  alluvions  are  there  [in  California  and 
  Australia]  spread  over  a  far  wider  space:  they  are 
  found  not  only  on  the  banks  of  rivers,  and  in  their 
  beds,  but  are  scattered  over  the  surface  of  vast 
  plains.  --R.  Cobden. 
 
  4.  (Law)  An  accession  of  land  gradually  washed  to  the  shore 
  or  bank  by  the  flowing  of  water.  See  {Accretion}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  alluvion 
  n  :  gradual  formation  of  new  land,  by  recession  of  the  sea  or 
  deposit  of  sediment 




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