soil profile

noun
  1. a vertical succession of horizons, commonly lettered A, B, C (beginning at the surface), that have been subjected to soil-forming processes, chiefly leaching and oxidation.
  2. a diagram of a vertical section of soil depicting the horizons.

Origin of soil profile

First recorded in 1920–25
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