leaf mold

noun
a compost or layer of soil consisting chiefly of decayed vegetable matter, especially leaves.
Also, leafmold.


Origin:
1835–45

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Example sentences
As oak leaves rot they lose their slight acidity, and the oak leaf mold ends up alkaline.
The rich loose porous leaf mold holds moisture and supplies abundant food for a luxuriant growth of plants.
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