Definition of Caliche

1. Noun. Crust or layer of hard subsoil encrusted with calcium-carbonate occurring in arid or semiarid regions.

Exact synonyms: Hardpan
Generic synonyms: Dirt, Soil



2. Noun. Nitrate-bearing rock or gravel of the sodium nitrate deposits of Chile and Peru.
Generic synonyms: Rock, Stone

Definition of Caliche

1. Noun. (minerology) A crude form of sodium nitrate from South America; used as a fertilizer ¹

2. Noun. A layer of hard clay subsoil; hardpan ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Caliche

1. a mineral deposit [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Caliche

calibrates
calibrating
calibration
calibrations
calibrator
calibrators
calibre
calibred
calibres
caliceal
calicectasis
calicectomy
calices
calices renales majores
calices renales minores
caliche (current term)
caliche-topped
calicheamicin
calicheamicins
caliches
caliciform
caliciform cell
calicine
caliciviridae
caliciviridae infections
calicivirus
caliciviruses
calicle
calicles
calico

Literary usage of Caliche

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1. The Genesis of Ore Deposits by František Pošepný (1902)
"The caliche of Southern Arizona : An Example of Deposition by the Vadose ... IN southern Arizona and in Mexico the word caliche is in general use to denote ..."

2. The Genesis of Ore Deposits by František Pošepný, Franz Pošepń, Rossiter Worthington Raymond (1902)
"The caliche of Southern Arizona: An Example of Deposition by the Vadose ... caliche has a wide distribution in the arid regions of Amos and Mexico. ..."

3. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1918)
"put down, and if the caliche appears to be satisfactory, the hole is charged with black powder and fired. The effect of the slow-burning powder is very ..."

4. The Spanish-American Republics by Theodore Child (1891)
"caliche is crystalline in structure, slightly salt in taste, and very soluble in water. Its color varies from all shades of gray and brown to snow- white, ..."

5. Investigations of Infra-red Spectra by William Weber Coblentz (1908)
"There are also the included calcareous beds of caliche, and in places thin layers of gypsum. At a depth of 90 to 100 feet permanent water is found under the ..."

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