[ lohm ]
/ loʊm /
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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.
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Origin of loam
First recorded before 900; from late Middle English lome, earlier lam(e), Old English lām; cognate with Dutch leem, German Lehm “loam, clay”; akin to lime2
OTHER WORDS FROM loamloam·less, adjectiveloam·y, adjective
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How to use loam in a sentence
At the first loaming of the ship vpon the river, wee found (as was foretold us) all the Countrey in Armes.
British Dictionary definitions for loam
/ (ləʊm) /
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
Derived forms of loamloamy, adjectiveloaminess, noun
Word Origin for loam
Old English lām; related to Old Swedish lēmo clay, Old High German leimo
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Scientific definitions for 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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