- a compost or layer of soil consisting chiefly of decayed vegetable matter, especially leaves.
Origin of leaf mold
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for leaf mold
Found on leaf-mold in rather damp woods from July to November.
The specimens I found grew in a mixed woods in the leaf-mold.
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.