lithosol

[ lith-uh-sawl, -sol ]
/ ˈlɪθ əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl /

noun

a group of shallow soils lacking well-defined horizons, especially an entisol consisting of partially weathered rock fragments, usually on steep slopes.

Nearby words

  1. lithopone,
  2. lithoprint,
  3. lithops,
  4. lithoscope,
  5. lithosere,
  6. lithosphere,
  7. lithospheric,
  8. lithostatic,
  9. lithostratigraphy,
  10. lithotomic

Origin of lithosol

First recorded in 1935–40; litho- + -sol

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British Dictionary definitions for lithosol

lithosol

/ (ˈlɪθəˌsɒl) /

noun

mainly US a type of azonal soil consisting chiefly of unweathered or partly weathered rock fragments, usually found on steep slopes

Word Origin for lithosol

C20: from litho- + Latin solum soil

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