- 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.
- to cover or stop with loam.
Origin of loam
Examples from the Web for loaming
At the first loaming of the ship vpon the river, wee found (as was foretold us) all the Countrey in Armes.
- 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
Word Origin and History for loaming
Old English 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.
- Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay, often with variable amounts of decayed plant matter.