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spodic Line breaks: spod¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈspɒdɪk/

Definition of spodic in English:


Soil Science
Denoting a soil horizon rich in aluminium oxide and organic matter and typically also containing iron oxide, produced by percolating water.
Example sentences
  • The spodic horizon can be destroyed under cultivation, particularly if lime and nitrogen are applied.
  • It is reasonable to expect the spodic horizon to influence pond hydrology and chemistry.
  • The spodic horizon is characterized by an accumulation of organic material and/or iron and aluminium.


1960s: from Greek spodos 'ashes' + -ic.

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