pedalfer definition by Webster's New World
soil containing much alumina and iron oxide and lacking calcium and magnesium carbonates: usually found in forested areas of the tropics characterized by high humidity and temperature
Origin: ; from Classical Greek ped(on), ground (see pedo-) plush Classical Latin al(umen), alum plush Classical Latin fer(rum), iron
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- pedalferic adjective
pedalfer definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Soil rich in alumina and iron and deficient in carbonates, found in and characteristic of humid regions.
Origin: ped(o)-1 + al(uminum) + Latin ferrum, iron.
pedalfer - Science Definition
Soil that is characterized by an abundance of aluminum and iron oxides. Pedalfers are common in humid regions and are deposited in the B horizon of ABC soils, through leaching.