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alfisol

[ al-fuh-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈæl fəˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl /
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noun

a fertile soil of humid regions that occurs worldwide, especially where native broadleaf forests were established, and is highly productive for agriculture.

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Origin of alfisol

1970–75; alf- (according to the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, initiator of the term, a “meaningless syllable”) + -i- + -sol
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