solonchak

noun, sometimes capitalized sol·on·chak \¦sälən¦chak\

Definition of solonchak

plural

-s

  1. :  any of an intrazonal group of strongly saline soils usually light colored and without characteristic structural form and typically developed in poorly drained arid or semiarid areas vegetated mostly by halophytes

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Origin and Etymology of solonchak

Russian, salt marsh, from solonyĭ salty, from sol' salt; akin to Latin sal salt — more at salt


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