laterite

noun
lat·​er·​ite | \ˈla-tə-ˌrīt \

Definition of laterite 

: a residual product of rock decay that is red in color and has a high content in the oxides of iron and hydroxide of aluminum

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lateritic \ˌla-​tə-​ˈri-​tik \ adjective

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The most curious travelers should start at the 26-foot-high laterite wall that surrounds the citadel, oft ignored by most visitors. Lester V. Ledesma, Condé Nast Traveler, "Beyond the Crowds of Angkor, Cambodia," 12 Apr. 2018 The temple is unique in that over-quarrying of sandstone led to the use of laterite for the roofed corridors. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 The roads in the monument range from smooth laterite to choppy dirt washboard, and even some passages of rubble and sand. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Testing the All New Trek Checkpoint," 28 Mar. 2018 The temple is unique in that over-quarrying of sandstone led to the use of laterite for the roofed corridors. Antonia Neubauer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Asia," 5 Oct. 2016 Ronito Eresari, 42, a farmer in the village, said the river had been muddied with nickel laterite, making well water undrinkable and killing the freshwater mollusks that villagers once collected from the banks. Aurora Almendral, New York Times, "Philippines Moves to Shut Mines Accused of Polluting," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of laterite

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for laterite

Latin later brick

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The first known use of laterite was in 1807

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