One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A soil of a type consisting mainly of sand, with little humus or clay, found typically in deserts and arid tropical regions.
- ‘Medium to fine grained Kalahari sands, with gleyic arenosols in inundation-prone floodplain grassland areas.’
- ‘Soils are predominantly sandy, yellowish-red in colour and slightly acidic (5
- ‘These arenosols are included in the sandy dunes.’
- ‘A difference is also observed between the mineralogy of the arenosols of the north area from the ones developed in the south coast.’
- ‘The dry/wet period ratio of sap flow was statistically equivalent for heath and dipterocarp forest trees, whereas it had been expected that trees on the freely draining arenosol would suffer greater water stress during drought.’
1960s: from Latin arena ‘sand’ + -sol.
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