[lat-uh-sawl, -sol]
  1. a reddish lateritic soil of the tropics, deeply weathered and infertile, characterized by hydroxides of iron and aluminum.

Origin of latosol

1945–50; lat- (irregular extracted from Latin later; see laterite) + -o- + -sol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

latosol in Science


  1. See laterite.
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