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  1. a soil rich in carbonates, especially those of lime.
Compare pedalfer.

Origin of pedocal

1925–30; pedo-2 + -cal < Latin calc- (stem of calx) lime
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British Dictionary definitions for pedocal


  1. a type of zonal soil that is rich in lime and characteristic of relatively dry areasCompare pedalfer

Word Origin

from pedo- ² + cal (cium)
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pedocal in Science


  1. Soil that is characterized by an abundance of calcium carbonate and calcium oxide. Pedocals are common in arid or semiarid regions where the rate of evaporation is greater than the rate of leaching. They are deposited in the A horizon of ABC soils.
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