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loam

[lohm] /loʊm/
noun
1.
a rich, friable soil containing a relatively equal mixture of sand and silt and a somewhat smaller proportion of clay.
2.
a mixture of clay, sand, straw, etc., used in making molds for founding and in plastering walls, stopping holes, etc.
3.
earth or soil.
4.
Obsolete. clay or clayey earth.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cover or stop with loam.
Origin
late Middle English
900
before 900; late Middle English lome, earlier lam(e), Old English lām; cognate with Dutch leem, German Lehm loam, clay; akin to lime1
Related forms
loaminess, noun
loamless, adjective
loamy, adjective
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Examples for loamy
  • These prime soils are ideal for growing crops because of their loamy texture, which permits good drainage.
  • She was still in the spell of loamy possibilities then.
  • During the day, they crawl across the loamy ground, digging with their bare hands.
  • Surface soils of fine sandy loam over loamy non-calcareous subsoils.
  • They have a loamy subsoil and a sandy loam or loamy surface layer.
British Dictionary definitions for loamy

loam

/ləʊm/
noun
1.
rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand, clay, and decaying organic material
2.
a paste of clay and sand used for making moulds in a foundry, plastering walls, etc
verb
3.
(transitive) to cover, treat, or fill with loam
Derived Forms
loamy, adjective
loaminess, noun
Word Origin
Old English lām; related to Old Swedish lēmo clay, Old High German leimo
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Word Origin and History for loamy
loam
O.E. lam "clay, mud, mire, earth," from P.Gmc. *laimaz (cf. O.S. lemo, Du. leem, Ger. Lehm), from PIE root *lai-/*li- "to be sticky" (see lime (1)). As a type of highly fertile clayey soil, it is attested from 1664.
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loamy in Science
loam
  (lōm)   
Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay, often with variable amounts of decayed plant matter.
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