refluent adjective: flowing back
“And in haste the refluent ocean / Fled away from the shore and left the line of the sand-beach / Covered withwaifs of the tide….” — HenryWadsworth Longfellow, Evangeline, 1847
“… and I could imagine that the cleanwater broke away from her sides in refluent wavelets as though in recoilfrom a thing unclean.” — FrankNorris, A Deal in Wheat and OtherStories of the New and Old West, 1903
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Refluent was first documented in English during the 15th century, and it can be traced back to the Latinverb refluere, meaning “to flow back.” Refluere, in turn, was formed fromthe prefix re- and the verb fluere (“to flow“). Other fluere descendants in English include confluent (“flowingtogether“), fluent and fluid (both of which share the earliest sense of “flowing easily“), circumfluent(“flowing around“), and even affluent(which first meant “flowingabundantly“). Refluent even has an antonym derived from fluere—effluent, meaning “flowing out.”