• WordNet 3.6
    • n laterite a red soil produced by rock decay; contains insoluble deposits of ferric and aluminum oxides
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Laterite (Geol) An argillaceous sandstone, of a red color, and much seamed; -- found in India.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n laterite A rock of peculiar character, found in India and some parts of southwestern Asia. Its essential features are that it is highly ferruginous and that it forms the superficial covering of the country. In its normal form it is a porous argillaceous rock, largely impregnated with the peroxid of iron, some kinds containing as much as 25 or 30 per cent of metallic iron. Although the laterite is in process of formation at the present time, some of it dates back to the Tertiary, and perhaps as far back as the Eocene. There are two rather distinct forms of this rock. One is extensively developed on the west coast of India, where it forms the surface-rock of the country over wide tracts of the low lands near the sea. This, which is called the low-level laterite, is clearly of detrital origin, and it rests indifferently on various older rocks. The iron it contains appears to be due to the fact that it is formed, in part at least, from the debris of the high-level laterite, and in part to the large quantity of iron ore present in the old volcanic rocks of the region. The origin of the high-level laterite, which is found extensively on the highlands of central and western India, is more difficult to explain. It appears, beyond doubt, to have resulted in considerable part from the decomposition in situ, by atmospheric agencies, of the volcanic rock which it overlies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Laterite lat′ėr-īt an argillaceous sandstone of a reddish or brick colour found in India, esp. in Ceylon.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. later, brick, tile: cf. F. latérite,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. later, lateris, a brick.


In literature:

The outcrops are largely hidden under laterite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
I believe that this laterite is never found, in any part of the Himmalaya chain.
"A Journey through the Kingdom of Oude, Volumes I & II" by William Sleeman
It grows on all kinds of soils, even laterite.
"A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses" by Rai Bahadur K. Ranga Achariyar
In their upper courses all the southern affluents of the Ghazal flow across a plateau of ferruginous laterite, their valleys having steep banks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
In fact the Cuban iron ores are themselves, broadly speaking, laterites.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
It is probable that these are related to bauxite and certain kinds of laterite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Laterite, shale and sandstone occur all over the district.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 6" by Various
The geological formation is Devonian and granitic, with laterites.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 7" by Various
It is a ruined building with crumbling walls, lined inside with laterite, and outside with slabs of granite.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
Everywhere, even up to the highest summit, the gneiss is decomposed on the surface into laterit-like products.
"Narrative of the Circumnavigation of the Globe by the Austrian Frigate Novara, Volume I" by Karl Ritter von Scherzer
The red laterite which covers almost invariably all the lower hills from the sea level to 1,000 or 2,000 feet.
"West African studies" by Mary Henrietta Kingsley
Laterite may be roughly divided into two kinds, high-level and low-level laterites.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various