Definition of vertisol in English:


Syllabification: ver·ti·sol
Pronunciation: /ˈvərtəˌsäl, -ˌsôl


Soil Science
A clayey soil with little organic matter that occurs in regions having distinct wet and dry seasons.
More example sentences
  • The soil around here is of a type called grey cracking clay vertisols, it's also called self-mulching black soil.
  • The soil at the experimental site was a Lawes brown black clay loam, which is a moderately fertile deep alluvial, weakly cracking vertisol that was well drained.


1960s: from vertical + Latin solum 'soil'.

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