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Aug 23, 2010
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A fluvial procession in Naga City, Philippines
A fluvial procession in Naga City, Philippines

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

It's nice to see more and more of the world's information getting organized--sorted, indexed, and cataloged--making it easy to find. We now know more of what is where and how to access it.

But there's something to be said about serendipity. Sometimes there's no substitute for walking into a random aisle in a library and perusing what books one might bump into. Sometimes getting lost is to find what you may need.

Recognizing this, there are websites to suggest a website at random for you. Wikipedia has a feature to show an article at random. And we have a way for you to see a word at random from AWAD archives.

In that spirit this week's words are selected randomly, by getting lost in the dictionary and landing on a word.

fluvial

PRONUNCIATION:
(FLOO-vee-uhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to a river or stream.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin fluvius (river), from fluere (to flow). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhleu- (to swell or overflow), from which flow words such as affluent, influence, influenza, fluctuate, fluent, fluid, fluoride, flush, flux, reflux, and superfluous.

USAGE:
"Our fiesta celebration featured a fluvial procession on the Marikina and Pasig Rivers."
Jaime Laya; A Manila-Marikina-Valencia Connection; Manila Bulletin (Philippines); May 16, 2010.

See more usage examples of fluvial in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion. -Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

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