• WordNet 3.6
    • n loam a rich soil consisting of a mixture of sand and clay and decaying organic materials
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Loam A kind of soil; an earthy mixture of clay and sand, with organic matter to which its fertility is chiefly due. "We wash a wall of loam ; we labor in vain."
    • Loam (Founding) A mixture of sand, clay, and other materials, used in making molds for large castings, often without a pattern.
    • v. i Loam To cover, smear, or fill with loam.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n loam A soil consisting of a natural mixture of clay and sand, the latter being present in sufficient quantity to overcome the tendency of the clay to form a coherent mass. That which is ordinarily called loam is fine-grained, homogeneous, and “light”—that is, not densely compacted together. Carbonate of lime is usually present in small quantity, and also organic matter. See marl, soil, and loess.
    • n loam In founding, a mixture of sand, clay, sawdust, straw, etc., used in making the molds for castings. The compound must be plastic when wet, and hard, air-tight, and able to resist high temperatures when dry. Specifically called casting-loam.
    • n loam A vessel of clay; an earthen vessel.
    • loam To cover or coat with loam; clay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Loam lōm a muddy soil, of clay, sand, and animal and vegetable matter
    • v.t Loam to cover with loam
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. lām,; akin to D. leem, G. lehm, and E. lime,. See 4th Lime


In literature:

In their excursions through the island they had met with a slimy loam, or a kind of clay nearly in the middle of it.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
On the pathway of soft, dark loam his steps fell noiselessly.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
There it was dark, and one smelled the boards of an old wooden box that stood there, garden loam, and the sourish barberries.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
It does well on plum-stock, and best in good deep, moist loam, manured as the peach and plum.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
No stumps, no stones, and the loam's thick.
"The Plow-Woman" by Eleanor Gates
Such are deposits of coal, ores, or oil, and those ingredients of loam which are exhausted by tillage.
"Essentials of Economic Theory" by John Bates Clark
Cherries like a deep, mellow, and rather sandy soil, but they also thrive on a good loam lying on chalk.
"The Book of Pears and Plums" by Edward Bartrum
The whole consisted of Nile deposits, alternate layers of loam and sand of the same composition throughout.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Below the loam was sand; under the sand a layer of fresh-water shells; under these were sand, gravel, and London clay.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Cilicia Pedias included the rugged spurs of Taurus and a large plain, which consists, in great part, of a rich stoneless loam.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Hookena had shone out green under the black lip of the overhanging crag, green as a May orchard; the lava might have been some rich black loam.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He wants four seasons to his year, and to hear his horse's feet on pike, and to put his seed into loam.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
The most suitable soil is a light, sandy loam enriched with well decomposed manure, in a rather moist situation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
There are also rights of taking sand, gravel or loam for the repair and maintenance of land.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
The broken earth was yellow, and of a different texture than the deep jungle loam at the other stations.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
They are increased by cuttings, and grown in a cool greenhouse in rough peaty soil, with a slight addition of loam and sand.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
Wang-Tsa is a small village built at the foot of a hill of black loam, covered with thickets of holly and cypress.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
The same soil, a mixture of peat, loam and sand, suits both.
"Small Gardens" by Violet Purton Biddle
In the soil, the following properties are easily recognizable as definite colloidal phenomena: water-holding capacity of clays, silts, loams, etc.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
Pot in equal parts of turfy loam, peat, and leaves.
"Orchids" by James O'Brien

In poetry:

What am I, that he has made
All this love a bitter foam,
Blown about a life of loam
That must break and fade?
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
Children are by me—her children; oh God!
To see where their feet have unwittingly trod,
Tiny tracks in the loam of the new broken sod
Betwixt them and their mother!
"A Lament" by Charles Harpur
Beloved, you may be as all men say
Only a transient spark
Of flickering flame set in loam of clay – I care not …since you kindle all my dark
With the immortal lustres of the day.
"The Illusion of Love" by Sarojini Naidu
I will allow his place was grand
With not a stump upon it,
The loam wus jest as rich an' black
Es school ma'am's velvet bunnit;
But tho' he flourish'd, folks all know'd
What spiritooal ear-marks he show'd.
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Though the iron rail, on the earth down flung,
Seems kin to the loam and the soil,
Wherever its high shrill note is sung,
Out of the jungle fair homes have sprung,
And the voices of babel find one tongue,
In the common language of toil.
"Song Of The Rail" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
It cost a tear to leave it--but here across the sea
With miles and miles of unused sky, and miles of unturned loam,
And miles of room for someone else, and miles of room for me
I've found a bigger meaning for the little word called "Home."
"The Homesteader" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

In news:

And if you've got a good balance of these three mineral elements your soil is called loam.
Wine pairing Pick a Pinot Noir with earthy loam and mushroom notes to echo the mushrooms in the tarts.
I live in Natomas (with heavy clay soil ), so I want to build some raised planter beds with better soil (such as loam) for growing vegetables.
Ohio's barns grow up with us, rising from good glacial loam like the virgin hardwood timber that gives them strength and form.

In science:

The image contains R = 3 mixed components (construction concrete, green grass and micaceous loam) whose spectra (L = 413 spectral bands) have been extracted from the spectral libraries distributed with the ENVI package [?]. A label map shown in Fig. 4 (left) has been generated using (5) with β = 1.1.
Enhancing hyperspectral image unmixing with spatial correlations
Bottom: abundance maps of the 3 pure materials estimated by the hybrid Gibbs sampler (from left to right: construction concrete, green grass, micaceous loam).
Enhancing hyperspectral image unmixing with spatial correlations