What does humus mean?

Definitions for humus
ˈhyu məs; often ˈyu-hu·mus

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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

    Etymology: [L., the earth, ground, soil.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Humus

    hūm′us, Humine, hūm′in, n. a brown or black powder in rich soils, formed by the action of air on animal or vegetable matter.—adj. Hū′mous. [L., 'the ground,' akin to Gr. chamai, on the ground.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Humus

    Product of soil organic matter transformation. Fallen leaves and other rests are reduced into elemental constituents by soil animals, fungi and bacteria.

    Submitted by JP03 on February 15, 2015  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of humus in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of humus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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