Definition of podzol in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpɒdzɒl/
(also podsol /ˈpɒdsɒl/)


Soil Science
An infertile acidic soil having an ash-like subsurface layer (from which minerals have been leached) and a lower dark stratum, occurring typically under temperate coniferous woodland.
Example sentences
  • It contains soil types, such as podzols, chernozems, brown earths, chestnut soils, etc., familiar to many people.
  • The soil is derived from podzols, with a sandy surface layer and clay at 1 m depth.
  • In the study of radiata pine stands by Florence and Lamb, litter accumulation was greater on sandy podzols than on finer textured soils, despite similar rates of litter input.



Example sentences
  • Both sites were previously dominated by Picea abies (L.) Karst. and were on acidic, sandy, podsolic soil with a raw humus horizon, with the mineral soil layers starting at approx. 20 cm depth.
  • The results show that the podzolic soil zone in the Northeast is the most sensitive area to acid deposition, followed by latosol (found in wet subtropical and tropical forests), dark brown forest soil, and black soil zones.


Example sentences
  • The soils are derived from schist and pegmatite, with some sites characterized by marked podzolization.
  • It was traditionally an agricultural region, much of its territory covered in swamp and with poor soil undernourished from podzolisation, sustaining mainly meat and milk production.


(also podzolise) verb
Example sentences
  • The Black Sea coast has humus carbonate (differing in depth and humus content) and cinnamonic soils and the northern slopes of the main Caucasus spine have podzolized and pre-Caucasian chernozems (loamy loess).
  • Soils are podsolized, usually with a 3-10 cm layer of mor humus.


Early 20th century: from Russian, from pod 'under' + zola 'ashes'.

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