humus

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hu·mus

noun \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

: a brown or black material in soil that is formed when plants and animals decay

Full Definition of HUMUS

:  a brown or black complex variable material resulting from partial decomposition of plant or animal matter and forming the organic portion of soil

Origin of HUMUS

New Latin, from Latin, earth — more at humble
First Known Use: 1796

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, tilth, windfall

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hu·mus

noun \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of HUMUS

: a brown or black complex variable material resulting from partial decomposition of plant or animal matter and forming the organic portion of soil

humus

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Nonliving, finely divided organic matter in soil, derived from microbial decomposition of plant and animal substances. Ranging in colour from brown to black, it consists primarily of carbon but also contains nitrogen and smaller amounts of phosphorus and sulfur. As it decomposes, its components are changed into forms usable by plants. Humus is classified according to how well it is incorporated into the mineral soil, the types of organisms involved in its decomposition, and the vegetation from which it is derived. It is valued by farmers and gardeners because it provides nutrients essential for plant growth, increases the soil's water absorption, and improves soil workability.

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