- 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 loamy
Everywhere we turn, there are loamy loins and torrents of testosterone.Accidental Billionaires
Samuel P. Jacobs
July 16, 2009
Clay ground is better for them than sand, and loamy soil the best of all.The Mayflower, January, 1905
It is greater in loamy and clayey soils; but is still small.Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel
Samuel William Johnson
The soil should be of a slightly sandy or loamy nature, and not wet.
Loamy soil, inclined to moisture, is best adapted to their growth.
They are all of easy culture in any loamy soil inclining to moisture.
- 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 loamy
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.