One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting underground water above the water table.Compare with phreatic
- ‘The unit contains abundant evidence of subaerial exposure, including caliche crusts, desiccation cracks and vadose cements.’
- ‘After a few metres, the floor turns to rock, and the passage exhibits signs of vadose entrenchment.’
- ‘Follow this through a duck, into a drier section, and then immediately through a further low wet section that emerges into a very fine vadose canyon.’
- ‘The way on was down some cascades leading to a small, low, vadose rift passage floored with boulders.’
- ‘This soon rejoins the main passage, and before long the floor breaks through the porcellaneous band, and the passage develops into a somewhat more pleasant vadose trench.’
Late 19th century: from Latin vadosus, from vadum ‘shallow expanse of water’.
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