Definition of leaf mold in English:

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leaf mold

Pronunciation: /ˈlēf ˌmōld/
(also leafmold)

noun

1Soil consisting chiefly of decayed leaves.
Example sentences
  • Enrich the soil with compost and leaf mold, periodically apply organic fertilizers such as fish emulsion, and make sure plants get adequate water.
  • These are not gross feeders, but elegant plants of open woodland, happiest in humus rich soils with an annual mulch of compost or leaf mould.
  • Here's how: Amend soil with compost or leaf mold and a bit of horticultural sand.
2A fungal disease of plants in which mold develops on the leaves.
  • The fungus is Fulvia fulva (formerly Cladosporium fulvum), subdivision Deuteromycotina.
Example sentences
  • The interaction between tomato and the leaf mold pathogen Cladosporium fulvum is an excellent model for investigating disease resistance gene evolution.

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Syllabification: leaf mold

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