Definition of podzol in English:


(also podsol)


  • An infertile acidic soil having an ash-like subsurface layer (from which minerals have been leached) and a lower dark stratum, occurring typically under temperate coniferous woodland.

    • ‘Although the information is based on a small set of plots in a localized area, the soil type and the soil texture at MSH have been found to be mainly ferro-humic podzol and sandy loam, respectively.’
    • ‘It contains soil types, such as podzols, chernozems, brown earths, chestnut soils, etc., familiar to many people.’
    • ‘Figure 5 clearly shows that in most cases rainforest stands on highly nutrient-depleted ferralsols, acrisols, and podzols of tropical lowlands attain diversity indices above 90% of the theoretical maximum.’
    • ‘The soil is derived from podzols, with a sandy surface layer and clay at 1 m depth.’
    • ‘In the study of radiata pine stands by Florence and Lamb, litter accumulation was greater on sandy podzols than on finer textured soils, despite similar rates of litter input.’


Early 20th century: from Russian, from pod ‘under’ + zola ‘ashes’.