loess

noun
\ ˈles How to pronounce loess (audio) , ˈləs, ˈlō-əs, ˈlərs How to pronounce loess (audio) \

Definition of loess

: an unstratified usually buff to yellowish brown loamy deposit found in North America, Europe, and Asia and believed to be chiefly deposited by the wind

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Other Words from loess

loessial \ ˈle-​sē-​əl How to pronounce loess (audio) , ˈlə-​ , lō-​ˈe-​ , ˈlər-​ How to pronounce loess (audio) \ adjective

Examples of loess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When blown by the wind, these sediments are referred to as loess. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Soils here are particularly complex, featuring chalk, sand, gravel, clay, loess, quartzite and slate. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 The soils types include shell-limestone, keuper, marl, loess and clay. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 Soils here are very heterogenous with thick loess soils in the eastern portion and sandstone in the western region abutting the Haardt Mountains. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 May 2020

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First Known Use of loess

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loess

German Löss

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7 Sep 2021

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“Loess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loess. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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