loess

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noun \ˈles, ˈləs, ˈlō-əs, ˈlərs\

Definition of loess

  1. :  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

play play \ˈle-sē-əl, ˈlə-, lō-ˈe-, ˈlər-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of loess

German Löss


First Known Use: 1833


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