ca·​li·​che | \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

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Plant bare-root roses and trees, breaking up caliche if trees will be taprooted. idahostatesman, "A gardening to do list for March and April | Idaho Statesman," 21 Mar. 2018 There was little reason to pave our driveway, because white caliche rock tracks like glue and deposits all over the ground during wet weather. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Mother Nature isn’t a fan of straight lines, and we shouldn’t be either," 19 July 2017

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First Known Use of caliche

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caliche

American Spanish, from Spanish, flake of lime, from cal lime, from Latin calx — more at chalk

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