humus

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noun hu·mus \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

Definition of humus

  1. 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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Origin and Etymology of humus

New Latin, from Latin, earth — more at humble

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HUMUS Defined for English Language Learners

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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

humus

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noun hu·mus \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

Definition of humus for Students

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


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noun hu·mus \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

Medical Definition of humus

  1. :  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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