The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Gradual recession of water in a sea, lake, or stream, leaving permanently dry land.
reliction - Legal Definition
Webster's New World Law Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey.
A gradual shifting of a river’s course, causing it to withdraw from its banks and/or to lower its level. The newly created dry land, if the retreat is permanent, becomes the property of the owner of the adjoining property; the changing of a property’s boundary line by the erosion of land by a river or stream. See also accretion, avulsion, and dereliction.
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