EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Geology a reddish ferruginous soil formed in tropical regions by the decomposition of the underlying rocks. a similar soil formed of materials deposited by water. any soil produced by the decomposition of the rocks beneath it. Origin of laterite 1800–10;
brick, tile +
-ite 1 Related forms lat·er·it·ic , [lat- uh- rit-ik] /ˌlæt əˈrɪt ɪk/ adjective
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Examples from the Web for lateritic Historical Examples of lateritic British Dictionary definitions for lateritic noun any of a group of deposits consisting of residual insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminium oxides: formed by weathering of rocks in tropical regions Derived Forms lateritic ( ˌlætəˈrɪtɪk), adjective Word Origin for laterite
C19: from Latin
later brick, tile
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A red, porous, claylike soil formed by the leaching of silica-rich components and enrichment of aluminum and iron hydroxides. They are especially common in humid climates. Laterites that are poor in iron oxides and rich in aluminum oxides are called bauxites. Also called latosol See more at bauxite.
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