loam

[ lohm ]
/ loʊm /

noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to cover or stop with loam.

Origin of loam

before 900; late Middle English lome, earlier lam(e), Old English lām; cognate with Dutch leem, German Lehm loam, clay; akin to lime1

Related forms

loam·i·ness, nounloam·less, adjectiveloam·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for loam

loam

/ (ləʊm) /

noun

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

verb

(tr) to cover, treat, or fill with loam

Derived Forms

loamy, adjectiveloaminess, noun

Word Origin for loam

Old English lām; related to Old Swedish lēmo clay, Old High German leimo
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Science definitions for loam

loam

[ lōm ]

Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay, often with variable amounts of decayed plant matter.

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