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adjective Geology.
  1. found or located above the water table: vadose water; vadose zone.
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Origin of vadose

1895–1900; < Latin vadōsus shallow, equivalent to vad(um) a shoal, ford + -ōsus -ose1
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British Dictionary definitions for vadose


  1. of, relating to, designating, or derived from water occurring above the water tablevadose water; vadose deposits
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Word Origin for vadose

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