Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A red residual soil formed by the leaching of silica and by enrichment with aluminum and iron oxides, especially in humid climates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rock of peculiar character, found in India and some parts of southwestern Asia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a red soil produced by rock decay; contains insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminum oxides

Etymologies

Latin later, brick + -ite1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin later ("brick") +‎ -ite. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because the soil on these islands consists of laterite, which is rich in minerals but very poor in humus material, it is subject to extreme erosion when forest cover is removed.

    Comoros forests

  • · Tripod - This can hold a pulley to aid in lifting the tool string and also support the upper end of the drill stems when drilling through harder layers, such as laterite (see Glossary).

    Chapter 6

  • In dry soils such as laterite soils, it is a very small plant not exceeding 9 or 10 inches across its spread.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • Evoking the shape of the traditional Nigerian bow harp, the design connects the new Abuja Airport to the city proper on the opposite side of the freeway and comes complete with green roofs, a giant solar canopy and bricks made from the local laterite clay.

    Brit Liggett | Inhabitat

  • Danish Siddiqui/Reuters HARD LABOR: Fourteen-year-old Sunil was at work Thursday at a laterite brick mine in Ratnagiri district of India, about 225 miles south of Mumbai.

    Photos of the Day

  • Left, Mithun, an 11-year-old worker at a laterite brick mine, posed for a photograph in Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra, April 14.

    World Day Against Child Labor

  • Rio Tinto has said it plans to spend $2 billion developing the site, which has an estimated 162 million tons of laterite nickel resources.

    Rio Tinto Wins Indonesia Permit

  • Inside edges are entirely lined with laterite blocks, which gave easy access to the water.

    Banteay Chhmar 1937 - Ancient Khmer City in Cambodia | Angkor Wat Apsara & Devata: Khmer Women in Divine Context

  • Pumpkin-colored mud huts domed with dried grass blended almost perfectly with the red laterite soil.

    Spellbound

  • Marshall Islandstotal: 64.5 km paved: 64.5 km note: paved roads on major islands (Majuro, Kwajalein), otherwise stone -, coral -, or laterite-surfaced roads and tracks (2002)

    Roadways

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  • A laterite -- a member of a certain class of perpetually tardy people.

    May 31, 2010

  • It has a name?

    May 31, 2010