loam(redirected from Loamy soil)
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1. Soil composed of a mixture of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter.
2. A mixture of moist clay and sand, and often straw, used especially in making bricks and foundry molds.
tr.v. loamed, loam·ing, loams
To fill, cover, or coat with loam.
1. (Geological Science) rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand, clay, and decaying organic material
2. (Elements & Compounds) a paste of clay and sand used for making moulds in a foundry, plastering walls, etc
(tr) to cover, treat, or fill with loam
[Old English lām; related to Old Swedish lēmo clay, Old High German leimo]
1. a rich, friable soil containing a relatively equal mixture of sand and silt and a somewhat smaller proportion of clay.
2. a mixture of clay, sand, straw, etc., used in making molds for founding and in plastering walls, stopping holes, etc.
3. earth or soil.
4. Obs. clay or clayey earth.v.t.
5. to cover or stop with loam.
[before 900; lome, earlier lam(e), Old English lām, c. Middle Dutch leem]
Soil composed of approximately equal quantities of sand, silt, and clay. It typically also contains decayed plant matter.
Past participle: loamed
A medium-texture soil that is rich in humus and contains roughly equal parts of sand, silt and clay particles. It is usually well drained and easy to work.