loess

noun
\ˈles, ˈləs, ˈlō-əs, ˈlərs \

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 , ˈlə-​, lō-​ˈe-​, ˈlər-​ \ adjective

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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 Hard brown loess lightly sprinkled with stunted shrubs and bleak weeds stretches for miles. Michael Kanellos, WIRED, "Can Tech Make the Desert Bloom Again?," 21 Apr. 2011 Across the row was yet another pit, with no limestone, just loamy loess. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "To Move Beyond Malbec, Look Below the Surface," 11 Feb. 2016

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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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loeweite

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