Definition of duricrust in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdjʊərɪkrʌst/


A hard mineral crust formed at or near the surface of soil in semi-arid regions by the evaporation of groundwater: resistant bedrock or duricrusts appear at the surface [mass noun]: he crunched over concrete and then duricrust
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  • A resistant rock cap such as a hard sandstone or a duricrust is one possibility.
  • The Molopo River was sampled by first removing the duricrust and then sampling the underlying sediments.
  • Due to the scarceness of datable sediments saprolites and duricrusts were widely used as defining features.


1920s: from Latin durus 'hard' + crust.

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