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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
LOAMY Defined for Kids


noun \ˈlōm\

Definition of LOAM for Kids

:  a soil having the appropriate amount of silt, clay, and sand for good plant growth


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