luto-, lut-, luv-, lu-

(Latin: wash, clean; washing of water against the shore; a flood)

From Latin luere, "to wash" which is related to lavare, "to wash".

postdiluvian (s) (noun), postdiluvians (pl)
1. The period after a flooding of an area: The postdiluvian that took place after the heavy rain and which affected many families along the river fortunately was not very destructive.
2. The time after the flood as indicated in the Bible: According to the Bible, it took 150 days for the postdiluvian to take place before the water dropped low enough to let the ark with Noah and the others come to rest on a mountain in the region of Armenia known as Ararat.
postdiluvium (pohst" di LYOO vee uhm) (s) (noun); postdiluviums; postdiluvia (pl)
1. The time immediately after the Flood mentioned in Genesis 8:1-3 in the Bible: The postdiluvium of the Flood remained at full strength for 150 days, then "God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided; the fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed, the rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually."
2. An event that takes place after a deluge: The damage done during the postdiluvium that came after several days of downpour resulted in extensive property damage and the loss of many lives in the village.

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Related "wash" words: balneo-; clys-; lav-; plyno-.