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 (chĕr′nə-zĕm′, chîr′nə-zyôm′)
A very black topsoil, rich in humus, typical of cool to temperate semiarid regions such as the grasslands of Ukraine and southern Russia.

[Russian chernozëm : chërnyĭ, black + Old Russian zemĭ, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.]

cher′no·zem′ic adj.


of or relating to a chernozem
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Shukla MK, Slater BK, Lal R, Cepuder P (2004) Spatial variability of soil properties and potential management classification of a chernozemic field in Lower Austria.
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Schmidt MWI, Skjemstad JO, Gehrt E, Kogel-Knabner I (1999) Charred organic carbon in German chernozemic soils.
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Role of continuous wheat and amendments in ameliorating an artificially eroded dark brown chernozemic soil under dryland conditions.