laterite

noun
lat·​er·​ite | \ ˈla-tə-ˌrīt How to pronounce laterite (audio) \

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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Other Words from laterite

lateritic \ ˌla-​tə-​ˈri-​tik How to pronounce lateritic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of laterite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Indonesia's nickel lies almost twice as concentrated in deposits called laterites that are closer to the surface and may be more appropriate for the battery market, said Gavin Mudd, an environmental engineer at Australia's RMIT University. Ian Morse, Anchorage Daily News, "Mining turned Indonesian seas red. The drive for greener cars could herald a new toxic tide.," 22 Nov. 2019 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 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 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

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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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“Laterite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laterite. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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