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leaf mold

or leafmold

a compost or layer of soil consisting chiefly of decayed vegetable matter, especially leaves.
Origin of leaf mold
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A soil composed of well rotted sod, leaf-mold and a little sand will meet their requirements.

  • There was a soft footfall on the leaf-mold, and before her stood Jeanne Lacombie.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • The specimens I found grew in a mixed woods in the leaf-mold.

  • A sprinkling of leaf-mold or chip-dirt will help to lighten it.

  • Found on leaf-mold in rather damp woods from July to November.

  • See that the soil is made fibrous with leaf-mold or other material.

  • Cyclamens may be grown from seed sown in April or September in soil containing a large proportion of sand and leaf-mold.

  • The seed should be sown on the flat surface of the soil, composed of equal parts loam, leaf-mold and sand.

  • It was half-buried in the leaf-mold and moss, though the rain of the previous night had washed it free in one corner.

    The Brass Bound Box Evelyn Raymond
  • It is a good practice to mulch the plantation each fall with light manure, leaf-mold or other material.

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