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

Origin and Etymology of humus

New Latin, from Latin, earth — more at humble


First Known Use: 1796

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HUMUS Defined for English Language Learners

humus

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noun hu·mus \ˈhyü-məs, ˈyü-\

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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humus

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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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