chernozem

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

Definition of chernozem

:any of a group of dark-colored zonal soils with a deep rich humus horizon found in regions (such as the grasslands of central North America) of temperate to cool climate

chernozemic

play \-ˈzyȯ-mik, -ˈze-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of chernozem

Russian, from chërnyĭ black + zemlya earth


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