humus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n humus a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
    • n humus partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Humus That portion of the soil formed by the decomposition of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n humus Vegetable mold. It is a dark-brown or black substance, varying greatly in composition, produced by the decay of vegetable matter with a limited supply of air. It includes the brown vegetable matter of soils generally, as well as swamp-muck, peat, etc. Humus contains several tolerably well-defined chemical compounds, including ulmin and ulmic acid, and humin and humic acid, and is an important factor in the fertility of soils. Also called gein.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Humus hūm′us a brown or black powder in rich soils, formed by the action of air on animal or vegetable matter
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Quotations

  • Elwyn Brooks White
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    “A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., the earth, ground, soil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., 'the ground,' akin to Gr. chamai, on the ground.

Usage

In literature:

A profitable agriculture is dependent upon a high percentage of humus in the soil.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Bring back samples of leaves and of leaf mould or humus for class-room observation.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Soils that are rich in humus are usually very fertile.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
The humus theory seems to have been first promulgated by Einhof and Thaer towards the close of last century.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
To be brief, the soil is highly nitrogen deficient, and completely lacking in humus.
"Shepherd of the Planets" by Alan Mattox
Choose not the poorest soil by any means, but a good, sandy loam in which there is a considerable amount of humus.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
Most of it is a rich black humus, resting on clay and mountain limestone.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Diana demands poor, dry, gravelly soil without much humus or nitrogen.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
When a forest is cleared there is a spongy humus on the ground surface that is extremely rich, but this washes away in a single season.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
Beneath the thin covering of humus, he struck a solid surface and his fingers slid along it.
"The World That Couldn't Be" by Clifford Donald Simak
Such tests will show the presence of adequate amounts of humus, and indicate the acidity content.
"A Living from the Land" by William B. Duryee
It should contain an ample supply of humus made of leaf mold.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
Green crops turned under, grass roots, stubble, leaves, long manure, etc., form humus.
"Farm Gardening with Hints on Cheap Manuring" by Anonymous
Humus, or vegetable mould, is capable of absorbing almost twice its own weight of water.
"Man and Nature" by George P. Marsh
The ideal is a medium sandy loam, well supplied with humus for good water holding capacity.
"The Tomato" by Paul Work
For the "Nos habebit humus" argument can be interpreted in two ways.
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power
This it does by covering the inorganic soil with humus or decayed organic material.
"A Civic Biology" by George William Hunter
They need especially good, rich soil, with plenty of humus or the fine soft earth that is full of decayed vegetable matter.
"Gardening for Little Girls" by Olive Hyde Foster
Any fresh excavation of cellar or cistern, or cut for road or railway, will show the characteristics of the humus layer.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
The humus on the woodland floors and forests was drawn on.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
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In news:

Plants that have long ago spent their produce lives are pulled and left laying for winter decomposition as next year's humus.
Tucson News NowHeavenly Humus .
Blend until smooth or the right consistency for humus spread.
The Circle Of Life and Humus Soil.
They need a humus-rich soil that is well-drained and light.
Rich soils are the portion of the earth's surface consisting of disintegrated rock and humus that provide the perfect environment for seed growth.
It needs very little care as long as it's planted in moist, humus-rich soil.
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