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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
First recorded in 1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It should contain an ample supply of humus made of leaf mold.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Woods earth and leaf mold should be used in liberal quantities.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • They may be raised from seed by sowing early in spring in a finely sifted soil of leaf mold and garden loam.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • The seeds germinate best on leaf mold, but the seedling takes several years to thrust its roots deep into the mineral soil.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • If it should happen to be already too sandy, add black loam or leaf mold.

    Gardening for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
  • All three girls drew in deep breaths of the fragrant, woodsy odor of leaf mold and dew-kissed ferns.

    The Mystery of Carlitos Helen Randolph
  • The significance of the community reaction is especially well shown in the case of leaf mold and duff.

  • Pure sand becomes too dense, and leaf mold alone is usually too loose and open.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
  • For the Teas and Hybrid Teas, mix with soil of this kind about one-quarter of its bulk of sand and leaf mold to lighten it.

    Making a Rose Garden Henry H. Saylor
  • There was a sweetness of leaf mold in the air that came to the senses with the penetrating quality of incense.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison

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