\ 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

Examples of loam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But even before Hanna, photos revealed large gashes at various points along the structure where rainwater runoff had scoured the sandy loam beneath the foundation, which experts told ProPublica and The Texas Tribune shouldn’t be happening. Jeremy Schwartz, ProPublica, "A Privately Funded Border Wall Was Already at Risk of Collapsing if Not Fixed. Hurricane Hanna Made It Worse.," 29 July 2020 Amid the psychological loam of fear and uncertainty, conspiracy theories are germinating like weeds. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Doesn’t Have to Be This Confusing," 29 Apr. 2020 The rooms were humid and cool, and smelled like loam. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "How South Korea Is Composting Its Way to Sustainability," 2 Mar. 2020 Beneath the loam sat 3½ feet of hard red clay, and below that was the remnant of a petrified forest. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 Cracks and holes in the walls of her brick house are smeared with loam to keep mosquitoes out. Jop De Vrieze, Science | AAAS, "First malaria vaccine rolled out in Africa—despite limited efficacy and nagging safety concerns," 26 Nov. 2019 When the Lee family moved in last winter, the loam was already down. BostonGlobe.com, "When the Lee family moved in last winter, the loam was already down. Then, in April, a Cruz landscaper showed up unannounced to hydro-seed it, Lee said.," 21 Oct. 2019 As in Bordeaux, the soil here is sandy/silty loam and temperatures can get up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. Emily Schultz, Bon Appétit, "If You Like Wine and Beautiful Views, You Should Probably Go to the Okanagan Valley," 7 Nov. 2019 The herbs thrive like grapes in the fertile loam and cooler temperatures of the Coombsville appellation. Sheryl Jean, Dallas News, "A small organic herbal tea farm flourishes in Northern California wine country," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of loam was in the 12th century

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15 Aug 2020

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“Loam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loam. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of loam

: a type of soil that is good for growing plants


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Kids Definition of loam

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

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