duricrust

[ doo r-i-kruhst, dyoo r- ]
/ ˈdʊər ɪˌkrʌst, ˈdyʊər- /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for duricrust

duricrust

/ (ˈdjʊərɪˌkrʌst) /

noun

another name for caliche (def. 2)

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