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duricrust

[doo r-i-kruhst, dyoo r-] /ˈdʊər ɪˌkrʌst, ˈdyʊər-/
noun
1.
a hard crust that forms on or in soil in semiarid climates owing to cementation of soil particles.
Compare caliche, hardpan (defs 1, 2).
Origin of duricrust
< Latin dūr(us) hard + -i- + crust
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duricrust

/ˈdjʊərɪˌkrʌst/
noun
1.
another name for caliche (sense 2)
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