Definition of mulch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//mʌltʃ//
; NAmE NAmE//mʌltʃ//
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[countable, uncountable] material, for example, decaying leaves, that you put around a plant to protect its base and its roots, to improve the quality of the soil or to stop weeds growing See related entries: Gardening Word Originmid 17th cent.: probably from dialect mulch ‘soft’ used as a noun, from Old English melsc, mylsc.
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