loam

noun
\ˈlōm, 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, ˈlü-, ˈlu̇- \ adjective

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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 The rolling grounds surrounding the house feature carefully tended gardens of hydrangeas in various colors and a rainbow of other flowering plants, each one identified, like shades in a Pantone fan deck, with a label staked into the loam. Bruce Falconer, New York Times, "What Is the Perfect Color Worth?," 28 Feb. 2018 These two behaviors — flooding and rerouting — created rich deep loam (as in the Mississippi Delta), and built both the barrier islands and the landmass of South Louisiana itself. Jennifer Moses, New York Times, "At the Mouth of the Mississippi, a Weird and Fragile Beauty," 21 Feb. 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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loam

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loam

: a type of soil that is good for growing plants

loam

noun
\ˈlōm \

Kids Definition of loam

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

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