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[ped-n] /ˈpɛd n/
a three-dimensional sample of a soil just large enough to show the characteristics of all its horizons. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Parallelepiped" is from the Greek parallelos (parallel) and epipedon (a plane surface), from epi (on) and pedon (ground).

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • Benedictus, a civil officer of some kind in the City of pedon, guardianship of his children assigned to Theriolus, i. 36.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
pedon in Science
The smallest unit or volume of soil that contains all the soil horizons of a particular soil type. It usually has a surface area of approximately 1 sq m (10.76 sq ft) and extends from the ground surface down to bedrock.
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