[pod-sol, -sawl]
Also pod·zol [pod-zol, -zawl] /ˈpɒd zɒl, -zɔl/.

Origin of podsol

1905–10; < Russian podzól, equivalent to pod- under + zol(á) ash; -s- perhaps by association with -sol
Related formspod·sol·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for podzol


podsol (ˈpɒdsɒl)

  1. a type of soil characteristic of coniferous forest regions having a greyish-white colour in its upper leached layers
Derived Formspodzolic or podsolic, adjective

Word Origin for podzol

C20: from Russian: ash ground, from pod ground + zola ashes
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podzol in Science


  1. 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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