[ pi-dal-fer ]
/ pɪˈdæl fər /


a soil rich in alumina and iron, with few or no carbonates.
Compare pedocal.

Origin of pedalfer

1925–30; ped-3 + Latin al(ūmen) alum1 + fer(rum) iron Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for pedalfer

/ (pɪˈdælfə) /


a type of zonal soil deficient in lime but containing deposits of aluminium and iron, found in wet areas, esp those with high temperaturesCompare pedocal

Word Origin for pedalfer

C20: pedo- ² + alum + -fer, from Latin ferrum iron
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Scientific definitions for pedalfer

[ pĭ-dălfər ]

Soil that is characterized by an abundance of aluminum and iron oxides. Pedalfers are common in humid regions and are deposited in the B horizon of ABC soils, through leaching.
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