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podzol

/ ˈpɒdzɒl; ˈpɒdsɒl /

noun

  1. a type of soil characteristic of coniferous forest regions having a greyish-white colour in its upper leached layers


podzol

/ pŏdzôl′ /

  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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Derived Forms

  • podˈzolic, adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of podzol1

C20: from Russian: ash ground, from pod ground + zola ashes
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Example Sentences

Meadow and layered podzol (gray forest) soils occur in most of the higher elevations throughout the country.

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