/ (ˈpɒdzɒl) /
a type of soil characteristic of coniferous forest regions having a greyish-white colour in its upper leached layers
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Derived forms of podzolpodzolic or podsolic, adjective
Word Origin for podzol
C20: from Russian: ash ground, from pod ground + zola ashes
Words nearby podzol
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Scientific definitions for podzol
[ pŏd′zôl′ ]
Soil that is characterized by an upper dark organic zone overlying a white to gray zone formed by leaching, overlying a reddish-orange zone formed by the deposition of iron oxide, alumina, and organic matter. Podzols form in coniferous areas or under heath in cool, humid climates.
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