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

Examples of loess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 The windblown loess soil comprises freshwater sedimentary topsoil resting over fractured basalt subsoil. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Willamette Valley wine map gets 2 new grape-growing regions: Tualatin Hills, Laurelwood District," 4 June 2020 When the tunnel was first dug, the ice held the loess in place. Madeline Ostrander, Wired, "Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone," 2 May 2020 Just 16 stone tools turned up, spread across six layers of loess, deposited in colder, drier, windier times when the plateau would have been a steppe grassland with less ample grazing and much colder winters. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Hominins lived in China 2.1 million years ago," 11 July 2018

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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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30 Sep 2020

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“Loess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loess. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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