Definitions for humusˈhyu məs; often ˈyu-
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partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil
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
that portion of the soil formed by the decomposition of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils
Origin: [L., the earth, ground, soil.]
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.
Product of soil organic matter transformation. Fallen leaves and other rests are reduced into elemental constituents by soil animals, fungi and bacteria.
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