loess

noun

ˈles How to pronounce loess (audio)
ˈləs,
ˈlō-əs,
ˈlərs How to pronounce loess (audio)
: 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
loessial
ˈle-sē-əl How to pronounce loess (audio)
ˈlə-
lō-ˈe-
ˈlər- How to pronounce loess (audio)
adjective

Example Sentences

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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

German Löss

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loess was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Loess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loess. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

loess

noun
ˈles How to pronounce loess (audio) ˈlə(r)s How to pronounce loess (audio)
ˈlō-əs
: a fine usually yellowish brown soil found in North America, Europe, and Asia and believed to be chiefly deposited by the wind

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