Pluvial

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pluvial A priest's cope.
    • Pluvial Of or pertaining to rain; rainy.
    • Pluvial (Geol) Produced by the action of rain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pluvial Rainy; humid: relating to rain; also, very rainy; characterized by great or extensive rainfall
    • pluvial In geology, depending on or arising from the action of rain.
    • n pluvial Eccles., a cope: so called from its use in outdoor processions, etc., as a protection from the weather.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Pluvial plōō′vi-al pertaining to rain: rainy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pluvialis, fr. pluvia, rain: cf. F. pluvial,. See Plover
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—pluvialispluvia, rain.

Usage

In literature:

Long white surplices, grave and seemly, gave place to gorgeous vestments and embroidered pluvials.
"The Gadfly" by E. L. Voynich
And this tete-a-tete decorated with flowers; and this pluvial cope in this case.
"Cosmopolis, Complete" by Paul Bourget
Rain was anxiously and hopingly looked for, and a pluvial visitation would have been hailed by the entire population with satisfaction.
"Fern Vale (Volume 3)" by Colin Munro
Pluvial climate, causes of, 143; during glacial periods, 141.
"Climatic Changes" by Ellsworth Huntington
The fish and the rain remind us of the myth of the phallical and pluvial cuckoo.
"Zoological Mythology (Volume II)" by Angelo de Gubernatis
Long white surplices, grave and seemly, gave place to gorgeous vestments and embroidered pluvials.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
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