Laterite meaning

lătə-rīt
(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.
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A red residual soil formed by the leaching of silica and by the enrichment with aluminum and iron oxides, especially in humid climates.
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A red, porous, claylike soil formed by the leaching of silica-rich components and enrichment of aluminum and iron hydroxides. They are especially common in humid climates. Laterites that are poor in iron oxides and rich in aluminum oxides are called bauxites.
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A red hard or gravel-like soil or subsoil formed in the tropics that has been leached of soluble minerals leaving insoluble iron and aluminium oxides and hydroxides; used to make bricks and roads.
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Origin of laterite

  • Latin later brick –ite

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin later (“brick") +"Ž -ite.

    From Wiktionary