chernozem

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

Definition of chernozem

  1. :  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

chernozemic

play \-ˈzyȯ-mik, -ˈze-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of chernozem

Russian, from chërnyĭ black + zemlya earth


First Known Use: 1841


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