adjective Etymology: Greek edaphos bottom, ground Date: circa 1900 1. of or relating to the soil 2. resulting from or influenced by the soil rather than the climatecompare climatic 2 • edaphically adverb

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  • edaphic — edaphically, adv. /i daf ik/, adj. related to or caused by particular soil conditions, as of texture or drainage, rather than by physiographic or climatic factors. [ < G edaphisch (1898); see EDAPHON, IC] * * * …   Universalium

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  • edaphic —   lit. of the soil. Any soil properties which affect plant growth and distribution …   Geography glossary

  • edaphic — [ɪ dafɪk] adjective Ecology of, produced by, or influenced by the soil. Origin C19: coined in Ger. from Gk edaphos floor + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • edaphic —   Relating to the soil environment, e.g. soil structure, quality, pH, etc …   Expanded glossary of Cycad terms

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