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[lohm] /loʊm/

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.
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
(transitive) to cover, treat, or fill with loam

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.


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