\ 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 loam (audio) , ˈlü-​ , ˈlu̇-​ \ adjective

Examples of loam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, Brundrett says, the Pedernales River Basin which is roughly 2 million years old mainly consists of sandy loam over limestone and is an equally wonderful place to farm grapes that creates unique minerality and aromatics. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 The tidal force means the landscape’s always shifting, so there is value here in retracing steps, looking for anything human against the loam. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, 9 Sep. 2021 Mixing all of the compost with the sandy loam may not be the best idea. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2021 Well-drained, sandy soils need more water volume, which should be applied more frequently than for a loam or clay soil. oregonlive, 14 Aug. 2021 Crushed raspberry and black cherry aromas are dusted with loam and layered with beautiful florals, sandalwood and spice. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 Some time ago—perhaps thousands of years, or maybe tens of thousands, nobody can say—seeds found their way into this soil, which lacks important nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen, and is extremely alkaline, more like baking soda than loam. Gregory Barber, Wired, 17 June 2021 Deeply colored, this one is perfumed but earthy with dry loam on the nose under cedar, mint and blackberry. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Dark loam, bacon fat, warm spice, and iron minerality swirl with blueberry and a little tobacco smoke. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 7 June 2021

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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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3 Oct 2021

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“Loam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loam. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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