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mulch

[ muhlch ]
/ mʌltʃ /
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noun

a covering, as of straw, compost, or plastic sheeting, spread on the ground around plants to prevent excessive evaporation or erosion, enrich the soil, inhibit weed growth, etc.

verb (used with object)

to cover with mulch.

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Origin of mulch

1650–60; noun use of obsolete mulch (adj.), Middle English molsh soft, Old English myl(i)sc mellow; cognate with dialectal German molsch soft, overripe
non·mulched, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mulch

mulch
/ (mʌltʃ) /

noun

half-rotten vegetable matter, peat, etc, used to prevent soil erosion or enrich the soil

verb

(tr) to cover (the surface of land) with mulch
C17: from obsolete mulch soft; related to Old English mylisc mellow; compare dialect German molsch soft, Latin mollis soft
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