rendzina

[ ren-jee-nuh ]
/ rɛnˈdʒi nə /

noun

a dark, rich soil containing limestone or chalk, above a softer, pale, calcareous layer, developed in grassland areas of high to moderate humidity.

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Origin of rendzina

First recorded in 1905–10; from Polish rędzina (the Polish letter ę, representing a nasalized vowel, in this context is pronounced as the consonant n, which the English spelling represents)
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British Dictionary definitions for rendzina

rendzina
/ (rɛnˈdziːnə) /

noun

a dark interzonal type of soil found in grassy or formerly grassy areas of moderate rainfall, esp on chalklands

Word Origin for rendzina

C20: from Polish
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