hu·mus | \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

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 organic entry 1 sense 3a(1)) portion of soil

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All these problems are caused by fungi in the soil and can be avoided by rotating crops and by working humus into the onion bed to provide good drainage. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Onions," 1 Feb. 2018 Any organic material and/or humus added to the soil helps retain that moisture, but mulch is a visible conservator. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "With drought always a threat, we all need to learn our water lessons," 16 June 2018 Volunteers are on hand so drivers can pull up, place an order, pay and volunteers will bag and load the humus in your car. Carol Kovach,, "Chilly, soggy weather didn't stop Keep Lakewood Beautiful volunteers from sprucing up the city," 29 Apr. 2018 The discussion about detritivores, which process waste material into soil by way of their own humus-like waste material. David Gilbert, The New Yorker, "Fungus," 4 June 2017 Bosphorous started on Park Avenue in Winter Park in 2006 and is known for its authentic Turkish food such as kebaps, humus, and savory lamb dishes. Kyle Arnold,, "Bospherous Turkish Cuisine inks deal for west Orange County restaurant," 10 May 2018 Restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen and Tender Greens served simple dishes, such as a pasta-salad combo sampler or beet humus served on top of a slice of cucumber. Anthony Clark Carpio,, "Hundreds turn out for culinary bites at Taste Walk Glendale," 4 May 2018 If food in landfills just turned into rich humus for the garden, there wouldn't be as much of a problem. Debbi Snook,, "Cleveland's food rescuers help feed the hungry, grow more food (photos, recipes)," 18 Apr. 2018 Like all raised bed soils, the overall volume reduces as microbes and plants consume the fine humus. Maureen Gilmer, idahostatesman, "5 steps to rehab your raised beds," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of humus

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for humus

New Latin, from Latin, earth — more at humble

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English Language Learners Definition of humus

: a brown or black material in soil that is formed when plants and animals decay


hu·mus | \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

Kids Definition of humus

: the dark rich part of earth formed from decaying plant or animal material


hu·mus | \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü- \

Medical Definition of humus 

: a brown or black complex variable material resulting from partial decomposition of plant or animal matter and forming the organic portion of soil

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