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[pod-sol, -sawl] /ˈpɒd sɒl, -sɔl/
Also, podzol
[pod-zol, -zawl] /ˈpɒd zɒl, -zɔl/ (Show IPA)
Origin of podsol
1905-10; < Russian podzól, equivalent to pod- under + zol(á) ash; -s- perhaps by association with -sol
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podsolic, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for podzol


a type of soil characteristic of coniferous forest regions having a greyish-white colour in its upper leached layers
Derived Forms
podzolic, podsolic, adjective
Word Origin
C20: from Russian: ash ground, from pod ground + zola ashes
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podzol in Science
Soil that is characterized by an upper dark organic zone overlying a white to gray zone formed by leaching, overlying a reddish-orange zone formed by the deposition of iron oxide, alumina, and organic matter. Podzols form in coniferous areas or under heath in cool, humid climates.
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