claypan
noun Date: 1837 1. hardpan consisting mainly of clay 2. Australian a shallow depression in which water collects after rain

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  • claypan — [klā′pan΄] n. a clay layer in the soil that restricts downward movement of water and growth of roots: sometimes written clay pan …   English World dictionary

  • Claypan — In geology, a claypan is a dense, compact, slowly permeable layer in the subsoil having a much higher clay content than the overlying material, from which it is separated by a sharply defined boundary. Claypans are usually hard when dry, and… …   Wikipedia

  • claypan — /klay pan /, n. 1. hardpan (def. 1). 2. Australian. a shallow, normally dry depression in the ground that holds water after a heavy rain. [1830 40, Amer.; CLAY1 + PAN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • claypan — noun A compact stratum of partially permeable material rich in clay …   Wiktionary

  • claypan —    A dense, heavy, relatively impervious subsurface soil layer that owes its hardness to a relatively higher clay content than that of the overlying material from which it is separated by a sharply defined boundary …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • claypan —    A dense, compact, slowly permeable layer in the subsoil, with a much higher clay content than overlying materials from which it is separated by a sharply defined boundary. Claypans are usually hard when dry, and plastic and sticky when wet.… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • claypan — noun Austral. a shallow depression or hollow in the ground with an impermeable clay base, which holds water after rain …   English new terms dictionary

  • claypan — /ˈkleɪpæn / (say klaypan) noun a depression in the ground of hardened impervious clay which retains water …   Australian English dictionary

  • claypan — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun ( s) Etymology: clay (I) + pan 1. : hardpan consisting mainly of clay 2. Australia : a shallow silted depression in which water collects after rain * * * /klay pan / …   Useful english dictionary

  • claypan squatter — /ˈkleɪpæn skwɒtə/ (say klaypan skwotuh) noun Colloquial someone who grazes stock they do not own on land to which they have no title …   Australian English dictionary

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