[ soh-lah ]
/ ˈsoʊ lɑ /


an Indian shrub, Aeschynomene aspera, of the legume family, the pith of which is used for making helmets.
Compare topee.

Origin of sola

First recorded in 1835–45, sola is from the Hindi word solā

Definition for sola (2 of 3)

[ saw-lah; English soh-luh ]
/ ˈsɔ lɑ; English ˈsoʊ lə /

adjective Latin.

(referring to a woman) alone; by oneself (used formerly in stage directions).
Compare solus.

Definition for sola (3 of 3)

[ soh-luh m ]
/ ˈsoʊ ləm /

noun, plural so·la [soh-luh] /ˈsoʊ lə/, so·lums.

the upper part of the soil profile, which is influenced by plant roots; the A horizon and the B horizon.

Origin of solum

1820–30; < Latin: base, bottom; see sole2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sola (1 of 2)

/ Latin (ˈsəʊlə) /


the feminine form of solus

British Dictionary definitions for sola (2 of 2)

/ (ˈsəʊləm) /

noun plural -lums or -la (-lə)

the upper layers of the soil profile, affected by climate and vegetation

Word Origin for solum

C19: New Latin from Latin: the ground
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Scientific definitions for sola

[ sōləm ]

Plural sola solums

The upper layers of a soil profile in which soil formation occurs. The A and B horizons in an ABC soil are part of the solum.
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