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[muhlch] /mʌltʃ/

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.
half-rotten vegetable matter, peat, etc, used to prevent soil erosion or enrich the soil
(transitive) to cover (the surface of land) with mulch

1650s, probably from a noun use of Middle English molsh (adj.) “soft, moist” (early 15c.), from Old English melsc, milisc “mellow, sweet,” from Proto-Germanic *mil-sk- (cf. Dutch mals “soft, ripe,” Old High German molawen “to become soft,” German mollig “soft”), from PIE root *mel- “soft” (see mild).

1802, from mulch (n.). Related: Mulched; mulching.


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