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mulch

[muhlch] /mʌltʃ/
noun
1.
a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, inhibit weed growth, etc.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cover with mulch.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; noun use of obsolete mulch (adj.), Middle English molsh soft, Old English myl(i)sc mellow; cognate with dialectal German molsch soft, overripe
Related forms
nonmulched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mulching

mulch

/mʌltʃ/
noun
1.
half-rotten vegetable matter, peat, etc, used to prevent soil erosion or enrich the soil
verb
2.
(transitive) to cover (the surface of land) with mulch
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete mulch soft; related to Old English mylisc mellow; compare dialect German molsch soft, Latin mollis soft
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Word Origin and History for mulching

mulch

n.

1650s, probably from a noun use of Middle English molsh (adj.) "soft, moist" (early 15c.), from Old English melsc, milisc "mellow, sweet," from Proto-Germanic *mil-sk- (cf. Dutch mals "soft, ripe," Old High German molawen "to become soft," German mollig "soft"), from PIE root *mel- "soft" (see mild).

v.

1802, from mulch (n.). Related: Mulched; mulching.

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