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loam, soil composed of sand, silt, clay, and organic matter in evenly mixed particles of various sizes. More fertile than sandy soils, loam is not stiff and tenacious like clay soils. Its porosity allows high moisture retention and air circulation. The popular confusion of loam with humus is probably due to the superior quality of both soils. According to the preponderance of their ingredients, loams are classified as sandy, clay, or silt loams. Most soils of agricultural importance are some type of loam.

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loam / lōm/ • n. a fertile soil of clay and sand containing humus. ∎ Geol. a soil with roughly equal proportions of sand, silt, and clay. ∎  a paste of clay and water with sand, chopped straw, etc., used in making bricks and plastering walls. DERIVATIVES: loam·i·ness n. loamy adj.

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loam †clay, earth OE.; clay moistened to form a paste XV; fertile soil mixture XVII. OE. lām = (M)Du. leem, MLG. lēm, rel. to OHG. leimo (G. dial. leimen) :- WGmc. *laimaz, *laiman-, f. *lai-, *lǐ- be sticky (see LIME1).

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loam A class of soil texture that is composed of sand, silt, and clay, which produces a physical property intermediate between the extremes of the three components. It is an easily worked soil, much prized by farmers.

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loam A class of soil texture that is composed of sand, silt, and clay, which produces a physical property intermediate between the extremes of the 3 components. It is an easily worked soil, much prized by farmers.

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loam A fertile soil that is made up of organic matter mixed with clay, sand, and silt. Loams differ in their ratios of clay, sand, and silt, which influences which types of plants they can support.

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loam Class of soil texture composed of sand, silt, and clay, which produces a physical property intermediate between the extremes of the three components.

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