noun, sometimes capitalized
sol·​on·​chak | \ ¦sälən¦chak \
plural -s

Definition of solonchak

: 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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History and Etymology for solonchak

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

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“Solonchak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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