1 relating to people or things that are associated with, inhabiting, or situated on the bank of a river
2 a legal term denoting or relating to the legal rights of the owner of land on a river bank, such as fishing or irrigation
(Submitted by Raghu Char from Australia)
This one took me by surprise. I’d never heard it before and am not overly familiar with Latin so after looking it up and discovering that the etymology of the word is from the Latin riparius – of a river bank – it does make perfect sense. But I have a confession to make: I thought, at first glance, that the definition would look more like this:
relating to people who have reached a ‘ripe old age’ and are ready to drop off the tree of life
A sample sentence:
He’s a riparian, bless him. It won’t be long now.