[chur-nuh-zem, chair-; Russian chyir-nuh-zyawm]
- a soil common in cool or temperate semiarid climates, very black and rich in humus and carbonates.
Origin of chernozem
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This is the black earth known as chernozem, which is rich in humus.
About 20 percent of the agricultural land is of the chernozem type.
Chernozem soils predominate, and the seasonal distribution of rainfall is more propitious than in Walachia.
- a black soil, rich in humus and carbonates, in cool or temperate semiarid regions, as the grasslands of Russia
from Russian, contraction of chernaya zemlya black earth
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Word Origin and History for chernozem
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