EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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,
Old English lām;
Dutch leem, German Lehm
loam, clay; akin to
lime 1 Related forms loam·i·ness, noun loam·less, adjective loam·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for loaming Historical Examples of loaming British Dictionary definitions for loaming 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, adjective loaminess, noun Word Origin for loam
lām; related to Old Swedish lēmo clay, Old High German leimo
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Word Origin and History for loaming n.
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.
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Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay, often with variable amounts of decayed plant matter.
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