vertisol

[vur-tuh-sawl, -sol]

noun

a clay-rich soil in which deep cracks form during the dry season.

Nearby words

  1. verticillaster,
  2. verticillate,
  3. verticillium wilt,
  4. vertiginous,
  5. vertigo,
  6. vertu,
  7. vertumnus,
  8. verulamian,
  9. verulamium,
  10. vervain

Compare black land.

Origin of vertisol

First recorded in 1955–60; verti(cal) + -sol

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