Definition of alfisol in English:

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alfisol

Pronunciation: /ˈalfiˌsôl/ /-ˌsäl/

noun

Soil Science
A soil of an order comprising leached basic or slightly acid soils with a clay-enriched B horizon (subsoil).
Example sentences
  • The soil is an alfisol (brown soil) above Palaeozoic strata.
  • The series consists of very deep, well drained, fine silty alfisol formed in loess.
  • In order to study the origins of alfisols and mollisols, Mella examined the mineralogical and chemical properties of the soils, as well as those of the insoluble residue of the coral rocks.

Origin

1960s: from the arbitrary element Alfi- + -sol.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: al·fi·sol

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