cher·​no·​zem ˌcher-nə-ˈzyȯm How to pronounce chernozem (audio)
: 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 adjective

Word History


Russian, from chërnyĭ black + zemlya earth

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chernozem was in 1841

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“Chernozem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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