Definition of humus
geology : a brown or black complex variable material resulting from partial decomposition of plant or animal matter and forming the organic (see 1organic 3a(1)) portion of soil
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And organic matter (humus) in a soil helps sponge up water to increase lateral spread of the wetting front.
In the hour before his flight departed, Nandipati used the hi-speed Wi-Fi and noshed on pasta salad and humus while resting in the brightly lit, futuristic-looking space, stylized with sleek wooden floors and comfy seating.
The composting process employs billions of microorganisms to break down organics into the essential component of soil called humus.
Plant the tubers 4 to 6 inches deep in well-drained, humus-rich soil in an area with early-morning sun or partial shade.
The organization will have its annual spring humus and plant sale 9 a.m. to noon May 20 at Lakewood Park near the Oldest Stone House - rain or shine.
KLB volunteers will be selling black gold humus, which can be used on lawns or in gardens, as well as new and different perennials, hostas and herbs.
Light, sandy soils suffer far more heavily than humus types, for example, and combinations of chemicals often seem to do more harm than separate applications.
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HUMUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of humus for English Language Learners
: a brown or black material in soil that is formed when plants and animals decay
HUMUS Defined for Kids
Definition of humus for Students
: the dark rich part of earth formed from decaying plant or animal material
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