- a rich, friable soil containing a relatively equal mixture of sand and silt and a somewhat smaller proportion of clay.
- a mixture of clay, sand, straw, etc., used in making molds for founding and in plastering walls, stopping holes, etc.
- earth or soil.
- Obsolete. clay or clayey earth.
- to cover or stop with loam.
Origin of loam
Examples from the Web for loam
The loam should be slightly moist, and free from organic matter.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
A stiff, half-clay soil with some loam is best suited to this crop.
Loam: an earthy mixture of clay and sand with organic matter.
Test with clay, gravel, and loam, also with mixtures of these and leaf-mould.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study
Ontario Ministry of Education
Every plant had all the loam, light, water, air and nourishment it could use.2 B R 0 2 B
- rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand, clay, and decaying organic material
- a paste of clay and sand used for making moulds in a foundry, plastering walls, etc
- (tr) to cover, treat, or fill with loam
Word Origin and History for loam
Old English lam "clay, mud, mire, earth," from Proto-Germanic *laimaz (cf. Old Saxon lemo, Dutch leem, German Lehm "loam"), from PIE root *(s)lei- "slimy" (see slime (n.)). As a type of highly fertile clayey soil, it is attested from 1660s. As a verb from c.1600.
- Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay, often with variable amounts of decayed plant matter.