Loam

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Description

A rich, crumbly soil that is composed of sand, silt, clay, and humus. Loam, usually when mixed with straw and/or lime, has been used for mortar, brick, and foundry molds.

Synonyms and Related Terms

terreau (Fr.);

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Robert Fournier, Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery, Chilton Book Company, Radnor, PA, 1992
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  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998