Definitions

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

  • n. A dark soil that develops under grass on limestone and chalk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dark soil that sometimes develops under grass on limestone and chalk.

Etymologies

Polish rędzina.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Polish rędzina. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is little surface running water within the reserve as it usually filters fairly rapidly through the shallow rendzina and 'saskab' (granular whitish and brittle limestone) soils, and the limestone rock to subterranean channels.

    Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

  • Most of the higher mountain areas are composed of limestone and gypsum, covered with free-draining thin rendzina lithosols that retain little moisture outside the rainy seasons.

    Somali montane xeric woodlands

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  • "This is one of the most interesting of the soil names; it originates from a Polish colloquial word "rzędzić", which means "to chat": the soil of this type contains a significant amount of gravel and stones, which, during plowing, produce various sound effects (clicking, screeching, etc.), i.e., "talk" to the ploughman."

    --http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rendzina&oldid=474517689

    May 25, 2012