hu·​mic ˈhyü-mik How to pronounce humic (audio)
: of, relating to, or derived at least in part from humus

Examples of humic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shilajit is believed to contain a variety of beneficial compounds, including humic and fulvic acids as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, and calcium. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Feb. 2023 The decaying mosses release humic acids and sphagnan, a complex sugar, that make life difficult for the microorganisms that would normally cause rotting and decay. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 Fulvic and humic acids have been used in traditional and folk medicines for centuries, and do exhibit antibacterial qualities in large quantities. NBC News, 2 Dec. 2021 This is made by aerating sugars, compost and humic acids in non-chlorinated water and then spraying the brew on plants and soil. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, 23 Aug. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of humic was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Humic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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