[ chur-nuh-zem, chair-; Russian chyir-nuh-zyawm ]
/ ˈtʃɜr nəˌzɛm, ˈtʃɛər-; Russian tʃyɪr nʌˈzyɔm /
a soil common in cool or temperate semiarid climates, very black and rich in humus and carbonates.
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Examples from the Web for chernozem
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.
British Dictionary definitions for chernozem
/ (ˈtʃɜːnəʊˌzɛm) /
a black soil, rich in humus and carbonates, in cool or temperate semiarid regions, as the grasslands of Russia
Word Origin for chernozem
from Russian, contraction of chernaya zemlya black earth
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