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Related to vadose: vadose water
Of, relating to, or being water that is located in the zone of aeration in the earth's crust above the groundwater level.
[Latin vadōsus, shallow, from vadum, a shallow, ford.]
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(Physical Geography) of, relating to, designating, or derived from water occurring above the water table: vadose water; vadose deposits.
[C19: from Latin vadōsus full of shallows, from vadum a ford]
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found or located above the water table: vadose water; vadose zone.
[1895–1900; < Latin vadōsus shallow]
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