sierozem

noun si·er·o·zem \ sē¦erə¦zem \
variants: or serozem \¦ser-\

Definition of sierozem

plural -s
:any of a group of zonal soils that are brownish gray at the surface and lighter colored below, based in a carbonate layer or a hardpan layer, and characteristic of temperate to cool arid regions with mixed shrub vegetation

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Origin and Etymology of sierozem

Russian serozem, from seryĭ gray + zemlya earth; akin to Lithuanian žemė earth, Latin humus


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