- related to or caused by particular soil conditions, as of texture or drainage, rather than by physiographic or climatic factors.
Origin of edaphic
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In every instance the groves are limited to a rocky clay soil, and edaphic factors obviously are of major importance.
- of or relating to the physical and chemical conditions of the soil, esp in relation to the plant and animal life it supportsCompare biotic (def. 2)
Word Origin for edaphic
C20: from Greek edaphos bottom, soil
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- Relating to soil, especially as it affects living organisms. Edaphic characteristics include such factors as water content, acidity, aeration, and the availability of nutrients.
- Influenced by factors inherent in the soil rather than by climatic factors.
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