noun \ˈlōm, chiefly Northern & Midland ˈlüm, New England also ˈlm\

: a type of soil that is good for growing plants

Full Definition of LOAM

a :  a mixture (as for plastering) composed chiefly of moistened clay
b :  a coarse molding sand used in founding
:  soil; specifically :  a soil consisting of a friable mixture of varying proportions of clay, silt, and sand
loamy \ˈlō-mē, ˈlü-, ˈl-\ adjective

Origin of LOAM

Middle English lom, from Old English lām clay, mud; akin to Old English līm lime
First Known Use: 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Rich, friable (crumbly) soil with nearly equal parts of sand and silt, and somewhat less clay. The term is sometimes used imprecisely to mean earth or soil in general. Loam in subsoil receives varied minerals and amounts of clay by leaching (percolation) from the topsoil above.


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