caliche


ca·li·che

noun \kə-ˈlē-chē\

Definition of CALICHE

1
:  the nitrate-bearing gravel or rock of the sodium nitrate deposits of Chile and Peru
2
:  a crust of calcium carbonate that forms on the stony soil of arid regions

Origin of CALICHE

American Spanish, from Spanish, flake of lime, from cal lime, from Latin calx — more at chalk
First Known Use: circa 1858

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