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chernozem

chernozem

noun cher·no·zem \ˌcher-nə-ˈzym, -ˈzem\

Definition of CHERNOZEM

:  any of a group of dark-colored zonal soils with a deep rich humus horizon found in regions (as the grasslands of central North America) of temperate to cool climate
cher·no·zem·ic \-ˈzy-mik, -ˈze-\ adjective

Origin of CHERNOZEM

Russian, from chërnyĭ black + zemlya earth
First Known Use: 1841

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