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Borrowed from Latin rīpārius (“relating to a riverbank”) + -an.
riparian (comparative more riparian, superlative most riparian)
- Of or relating to the bank of a river or stream.
- 1966, Thomas Pynchon, chapter 5, in The Crying of Lot 49, New York: Bantam Books, published 1976, →ISBN, page 112:
- By the time she'd pulled into Bortz's subdivision, a riparian settlement in the style of Fangoso Lagoons, she was only shaking and a little nauseous in the stomach.
- 2011 May 28, Jim Perrin, The Guardian:
- A kingfisher, an airborne jewel, whirrs past, stickleback in its beak, and disappears into a thicket of riparian willow.
- 2013 January 1, Nancy Langston, “The Fraught History of a Watery World”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, archived from the original on 22 January 2013, page 59:
- European adventurers found themselves within a watery world, a tapestry of streams, channels, wetlands, lakes and lush riparian meadows enriched by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.
- 2021 April 1, Lara Fowler, “No April Fool’s joke for Florida: Water rights case is dismissed”, in SCOTUSblog:
- Relying on the fact that both states are riparian states, the court noted that both have “an equal right to make a reasonable use” of the water in the shared basin and that Florida bore the “heavy burden” of proving its case by clear and convincing evidence.
of or pertaining to a riverbank
riparian (plural riparians)
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