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humus Line breaks: humus
Pronunciation: /ˈhjuːməs/

Definition of humus in English:


[mass noun]
The organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms.
Example sentences
  • Incidentally, soil rich in organic humus will hold more water longer and be more drought-resistant.
  • An all-purpose potting mix has composted bark, peat moss or peat humus added to loamy soil.
  • Mature compost is a complex organic material that has been transformed into stable humus by microorganisms.


Late 18th century: from Latin, 'soil'.

Words that rhyme with humus

brumous, hummus, humous, spumous, strumous
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