Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, mid 17th century
Relating to a flood or floods, especially the biblical flood.
Examples of Diluvial in a sentence
"The diluvial rain transformed the barren field into a temporary lake."
"City planners needed to ensure nothing was built on the diluvial plains."
Popularity Over Time
"Diluvial” has its roots in the Latin verb “diluere,” which means “to wash away.”
Did you Know?
From the mid 17th century, geologists and archeologists used the adjective “diluvial” to refer to a distinct geological turning point associated with the Noah's biblical flood. It only acquired its modern meaning in the 1800s; an early example of modern usage is found in Caroline M. Kirkland’s essay “Forest Life,” from 1850.