adjective Geology.

found or located above the water table: vadose water; vadose zone.

Origin of vadose

1895–1900; < Latin vadōsus shallow, equivalent to vad(um) a shoal, ford + -ōsus -ose1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vadose



of, relating to, designating, or derived from water occurring above the water tablevadose water; vadose deposits

Word Origin for vadose

C19: from Latin vadōsus full of shallows, from vadum a ford
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