Geol. a red, residual soil containing large amounts of aluminum and ferric hydroxides, formed by the decomposition of many kinds of rocks, and found esp. in well-drained tropical rain forests
Origin of lateriteClassical Latin later, brick, tile (prob. akin to latus, broad: see lateral) + -ite
A red residual soil formed by the leaching of silica and by the enrichment with aluminum and iron oxides, especially in humid climates.
Origin of lateriteLatin later, brick + –ite1.