Definitions for humusˈhyu məs; often ˈyu-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hu•musˈhyu məs; often ˈyu-(n.)

  1. the dark organic material in soils, produced by the decomposition of vegetable or animal matter.

    Category: Agriculture

Origin of humus:

1790–1800; < L: earth, ground; akin to Gk chamaí on the ground, chthṓn earth, Skt kṣam-, Lith žẽmė, Serbo-Croatian zèmlja ground, earth

Princeton's WordNet

  1. humus(noun)

    partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil

  2. hummus, humus, hommos, hoummos, humous(noun)

    a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East

Webster Dictionary

  1. Humus(noun)

    that portion of the soil formed by the decomposition of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils

Freebase

  1. Humus

    In soil science, humus refers to any organic matter that has reached a point of stability, where it will break down no further and might, if conditions do not change, remain as it is for centuries, if not millennia. Humus significantly influences the texture of soil and contributes to moisture and nutrient retention. In agriculture, humus is sometimes also used to describe mature, or natural compost extracted from a forest or other spontaneous source for use to amend soil. It is also used to describe a topsoil horizon that contains organic matter.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

humus(noun)

a substance like earth, made of decayed plants, leaves etc.

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