solum

[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for solum

solum
/ (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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Science definitions for solum

solum
[ 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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