Etymology
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flume (n.)

late 12c., "stream," from Old French flum "running water, stream, river; dysentery," from Latin flumen "flood, stream, running water," from fluere "to flow" (see fluent). In U.S., used especially of artificial streams channeled for some industrial purpose.

updated on December 02, 2014

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Definitions of flume from WordNet

flume (n.)
a narrow gorge with a stream running through it;
Synonyms: gulch
flume (n.)
watercourse that consists of an open artificial chute filled with water for power or for carrying logs;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.