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Word of the Day 3/12/14 Pluvial

Pluvial (adjective, noun)
plu·vi·al [ploo-vee-uhl]


adjective
1. of or pertaining to rain, especially much rain; rainy.
2. Geology. occurring through the action of rain.

noun
3. Geology. a rainy period formerly regarded as coeval with a glacial age, but now recognized as episodic and, in the tropics, as characteristic of interglacial ages.

Origin: 1650–60; < Latin pluviālis, equivalent to pluvi ( a ) rain + -ālis -al

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