1. Of or relating to rain; rainy.
2. Marked or formed by abundant rainfall: pluvial periods; a pluvial lake.
An extended period of abundant rainfall, especially such a period of the Pleistocene Epoch.
[Latin pluviālis, from pluvia, rain; see PLUVIOUS.]
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