Definition of Laterite

1. Noun. A red soil produced by rock decay; contains insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminum oxides.

Generic synonyms: Dirt, Soil



Definition of Laterite

1. n. An argillaceous sandstone, of a red color, and much seamed; -- found in India.

Definition of Laterite

1. Noun. 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Laterite

1. a type of soil [n -S]

Medical Definition of Laterite

1. An argillaceous sandstone, of a red colour, and much seamed; found in India. Origin: L. Later brick, tile: cf. F. Laterite. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Laterite

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Literary usage of Laterite

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1. A Manual of the Geology of India: Chiefly Compiled from the Observations of by Geological Survey of India, Henry Benedict Medlicott, William Thomas Blanford (1893)
"On any hypothesis, except the impossible one of direct volcanic origin, there is no reason why the production of laterite should be restricted to any ..."

2. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of India by Geological Survey of India (1902)
"The maximum altitude of these laterite capped hills is a little over 4,0oo feet or 1,0o0 feet as viewed from the 3,ooo-foot plateau. ..."

3. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"laterite; laterite is a ferruginous and argillaceous rock, ... laterite may be roughly divided into two kinds, high-level; high-level and low-level laterite ..."

4. The Data of Geochemistry by Frank Wigglesworth Clarke (1908)
"from rocks in place or as a transported sediment, true laterite is essentially a mixture of ... To laterite in situ this statement applies very closely; ..."

5. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, Exhibiting a View of the Progressive by Robert Jameson, Sir William Jardine, Henry D Rogers (1853)
"The term laterite (derived from later, a brick) is applied to those masses of reddish clay, ... There are several vai-ieties of laterite, and which 1 . ..."

6. Records (1918)
"The place selected was a ledge of the laterite 3 furlongs SSW of ... At a depth of (5J feet the laterite capping gave place to a quartz pebble-bed '24 feet ..."

7. Ceylon: An Account of the Island, Physical, Historical, and Topographical by Sir James Emerson Tennent (1860)
"This is occasioned by the prevalence along the western coast of laterite, or, as the Singhalese call it, ..."

8. Hand-book of Indian Agriculture by Nitya Gopal Mukerji (1901)
"laterite. The origin of laterite and its position in the geological system are ... laterite is porous argillaceous rock much impregnated with iron peroxide, ..."

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