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



BrE BrE//ləʊm//
; NAmE NAmE//loʊm//
[uncountable] (specialist) Growing crops
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good quality soil containing sand, clay and decayed vegetable matter A moist loam is ideal for growing currant bushes. Mix equal parts of clay and loam. See related entries: Growing crops Word OriginOld English lām ‘clay’, of West Germanic origin: related to Dutch leem and German Lehm, also to lime, the substance.
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