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From Latin rīpārius ‎(relating to a riverbank) +‎ -an.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹʌɪˈpɛːɹɪən/, /ɹɪˈpɛːɹɪən/
A riparian strip on a tributary to Lake Erie


riparian ‎(comparative more riparian, superlative most riparian)

  1. Of or relating to the bank of a river or stream.
    • 2011, Jim Perrin, The Guardian, 28 May 2011:
      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”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, 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.

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riparian ‎(plural riparians)

  1. (chiefly law) A person or other entity that lives or owns property along the shore of a river.