[ ped-uh-kal ]
/ ˈpɛd əˌkæl /
a soil rich in carbonates, especially those of lime.
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Origin of pedocal
1925–30; pedo-2 + -cal<Latin calc- (stem of calx) lime
Words nearby pedocal
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British Dictionary definitions for pedocal
/ (ˈpɛdəˌkæl) /
a type of zonal soil that is rich in lime and characteristic of relatively dry areasCompare pedalfer
Word Origin for pedocal
from pedo- ² + cal (cium)
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Scientific definitions for pedocal
[ pĕd′ə-kăl′ ]
Soil that is characterized by an abundance of calcium carbonate and calcium oxide. Pedocals are common in arid or semiarid regions where the rate of evaporation is greater than the rate of leaching. They are deposited in the A horizon of ABC soils.
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