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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 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 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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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 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.