\ ˈlōm How to pronounce loam (audio) , chiefly Northern & Midland ˈlüm, New England also ˈlu̇m\

Definition of loam

1a : a mixture (as for plastering) composed chiefly of moistened clay
b : a coarse molding sand used in founding (see found entry 5)
2 : soil specifically : a soil consisting of a friable mixture of varying proportions of clay, silt, and sand

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Other Words from loam

loamy \ ˈlō-​mē How to pronounce loamy (audio) , ˈlü-​ , ˈlu̇-​ \ adjective

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Nicky Wire’s bass-lines wriggle in the loam at the bottom of the mix, like Jah Wobble’s. Longreads, "Manic Street Preachers’ Album The Holy Bible," 25 June 2019 Cabbage Growing Guidelines Soil texture is not critical, but early cabbages do best in a sandy loam, while later types prefer a heavier, moisture-retaining soil. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Cabbage Is One Of The Easiest Vegetables To Grow In Your Garden," 24 May 2017 Brazile swings his arm, once, twice, three times, Deputy’s hoofs pounding the sandy loam, the loop circling his head. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Aim to provide for your tomatoes a sandy loam soil that does not remain soggy. Walter Reeves, ajc, "Wisteria takes persistence to control," 27 June 2018 The bruise, and not scratches, was apparently the cause of Justify’s post-Derby discomfort, discovered and exacerbated when Justify walked from the soft loam inside the barn to the gravel outside. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Can Justify Overcome Obstacles to Move Closer to History at the Preakness?," 17 May 2018 Marathon County’s soil—rich in loam after the retreat of glaciers from the Great Lakes—and cool climate hone the root’s flavor and appearance, enabling farmers to charge as much as a 50% premium over Canadian ginseng and twice China’s prices. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, "Chinese Tariffs Take Root in American Ginseng," 25 Apr. 2018 One of the earliest images is of a tractor, plowing through dark loam and unearthing an artillery shell, presumably from the killing fields of the First World War. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "“This Is Our Land” and “Le Corbeau”," 5 July 2010 Caucasian mountain spinach will require good drainage, and thrives in a bed of deep loam and manure. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Mountain spinach might work as a perennial in the Treasure Valley," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of loam

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for loam

Middle English lom, from Old English lām clay, mud; akin to Old English līm lime

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English Language Learners Definition of loam

: a type of soil that is good for growing plants


\ ˈlōm How to pronounce loam (audio) \

Kids Definition of loam

: a soil having the appropriate amount of silt, clay, and sand for good plant growth

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