hard·​pan | \ ˈhärd-ˌpan How to pronounce hardpan (audio) \

Definition of hardpan

1 : a cemented or compacted and often clayey layer in soil that is impenetrable by roots
2 : a fundamental part : bedrock

Examples of hardpan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This hardpan is called caleche, and is equivalent to a 2-inch thick layer of concrete. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, 31 Jan. 2018 But the wind was gusting to 30 mph, and the sun baked out greens that became like Texas hardpan. Doug Ferguson, Orange County Register, 23 Mar. 2017 Root constriction caused by hardpan or compacted soil, sunburn, borer insects, soil nematodes, root rot, powdery mildew and spider mites might also be affecting the tree. Debbie Arrington, sacbee.com, 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of hardpan

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hardpan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hardpan. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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