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uh looh vee uhm

  • n  clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down

  • Rearing a few surprising skyscrapers above the rich alluvium of the Connecticut River is Hartford, capital of the third smallest State in the Union, home of a considerable .

  • Anne Fadiman in Deccan Herald
    Fadiman writes about a landscape architect who "savours the very smell of the dirt embedded in his botany texts; it is the alluvium of his life's work."

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