va·​dose ˈvā-ˌdōs How to pronounce vadose (audio)
: of, relating to, or being water or solutions in the earth's crust above the permanent groundwater level

Word History


borrowed from Latin vadōsus "full of shallow spots, shallow," from vadum "shallow spot, ford" (akin to Old English wadan "to go, advance," Latin vādere "to advance, proceed") + -ōsus -ose entry 1 — more at wade entry 1

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vadose was in 1894

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Cite this Entry

“Vadose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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