latosol

latosol

[lat-uh-sawl, -sol]
noun
a reddish lateritic soil of the tropics, deeply weathered and infertile, characterized by hydroxides of iron and aluminum.

Origin:
1945–50; lat- (irregular extracted from Latin later; see laterite) + -o- + -sol

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latosol   (lāt'ə-sôl')  Pronunciation Key 
See laterite.
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