[lith-uh-sawl, -sol] /ˈlɪθ əˌsɔl, -ˌsɒl/

a group of shallow soils lacking well-defined horizons, especially an entisol consisting of partially weathered rock fragments, usually on steep slopes.
(mainly US) a type of azonal soil consisting chiefly of unweathered or partly weathered rock fragments, usually found on steep slopes


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