Meaning of laterite

lat•er•ite

Pronunciation: (lat'u-rīt"), [key]
— n. Geol.
  1. a reddish ferruginous soil formed in tropical regions by the decomposition of the underlying rocks.
  2. a similar soil formed of materials deposited by water.
  3. any soil produced by the decomposition of the rocks beneath it.
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