podzol

podsol (ˈpɒdsɒl)

/ (ˈpɒdzɒl) /

noun

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 podzol

podzolic or podsolic, adjective

Word Origin for podzol

C20: from Russian: ash ground, from pod ground + zola ashes
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Scientific definitions for podzol

podzol
[ pŏdzôl′ ]

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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