Definition of edaphic in English:



  • Of, produced by, or influenced by the soil.

    • ‘Such environmental and edaphic changes may greatly influence plant growth and survivorship, shaping species composition in the post-harvest community.’
    • ‘West Indian genotypes are adapted to humid tropical conditions and are hence very cold sensitive but show tolerance of soil salinity and other adverse edaphic conditions.’
    • ‘Consequently, we would expect that the observed distributions of species reflect both the distributions of key environmental and edaphic influences as well as historic and current disturbance events.’
    • ‘Some plant species are tolerant of edaphic factors in serpentine soils.’
    • ‘The three populations were classified into two edaphic groups according to soil type.’


Late 19th century: coined in German from Greek edaphos floor + -ic.