laterite

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From Latin later (brick) +‎ -ite.

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laterite (plural laterites)

  1. A red hard or gravel-like soil or subsoil formed in the tropics that has been leached of soluble minerals leaving insoluble iron and aluminium oxides and hydroxides; used to make bricks and roads.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 38:
      Constant tropical rain makes a mush of hard old lavas. The end product is a brick red soil called laterite.

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laterite f (plural lateriti)

  1. laterite