pod·​zol ˈpäd-ˌzȯl How to pronounce podzol (audio)
variants or less commonly podsol
: any of a group of zonal soils that develop in a moist climate especially under coniferous or mixed forest and have an organic mat and a thin organic-mineral layer above a light gray leached layer resting on a dark horizon that is marked by illuviation and enriched with amorphous clay
podzolic adjective

Word History



First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of podzol was in 1908

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“Podzol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/podzol. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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