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leaf mold

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noun
  1. a compost or layer of soil consisting chiefly of decayed vegetable matter, especially leaves.
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Origin of leaf mold

First recorded in 1835–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for leaf mold

Historical Examples

  • The specimens I found grew in a mixed woods in the leaf-mold.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

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

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

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

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

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