Definition of podzol in English:

podzol

(also podsol)

noun

Soil Science
  • 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The soil is derived from podzols, with a sandy surface layer and clay at 1 m depth.’
    • ‘It contains soil types, such as podzols, chernozems, brown earths, chestnut soils, etc., familiar to many people.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

podzol

/ˈpɒdzɒl/