undecomposed

adjective

un·​de·​com·​posed ˌən-ˌdē-kəm-ˈpōzd How to pronounce undecomposed (audio)
: not decomposed
undecomposed plant material

Examples of undecomposed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Aeration is also used when there is a layer of thatch (undecomposed organic matter) on top of the soil and beneath the runners. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Feb. 2022 Onions + Garlic Crop rotation plan Rotate with legumes, and avoid planting in soil with undecomposed organic matter. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, 23 Feb. 2017 This is a layer of undecomposed stems (not leaves) of grass. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, 7 July 2017 A dead monkey, still whole, still undecomposed, drifted back and forth with a certain precision upon those ripples and eddies without exit. Benjamin Kunkel, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1758, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of undecomposed was in 1758

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“Undecomposed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/undecomposed. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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