Definition of alfisol in English:

alfisol

noun

Soil Science
  • A soil of an order comprising leached basic or slightly acid soils with a clay-enriched B horizon.

    • ‘The series consists of very deep, well drained, fine silty alfisol formed in loess.’
    • ‘The soil is an alfisol (brown soil) above Palaeozoic strata.’
    • ‘In order to study the origins of alfisols and mollisols, Mella examined the mineralogical and chemical properties of the soils, as well as those of the insoluble residue of the coral rocks.’
    • ‘Soil nitrogen transformations and movement is simulated by other modules in the APSIM framework for two soil types, an alfisol and a vertisol.’
    • ‘The leaching of two pesticides (pendimethalin and glyphosate) through macropores in the unsaturated zone of a Danish alfisol was investigated in the laboratory.’

Origin

1960s: from the arbitrary element Alfi- + -sol.

Pronunciation

alfisol

/ˈalfɪsɒl/