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ˈloʊ ɛs, lɛs, lʌsloess

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loessnoun

    a fine-grained unstratified accumulation of clay and silt deposited by the wind


  1. loessnoun

    any sediment, dominated by silt, of eolian (wind-blown) origin

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loessnoun

    a quaternary deposit, usually consisting of a fine yellowish earth, on the banks of the Rhine and other large rivers

    Etymology: [G. lss.]


  1. Loess

    Loess is a clastic, predominantly silt-sized sediment, which is formed by the accumulation of wind-blown dust. Loess is an aeolian sediment formed by the accumulation of wind-blown silt, typically in the 20–50 micrometre size range, twenty percent or less clay and the balance equal parts sand and silt that are loosely cemented by calcium carbonate. It is usually homogeneous and highly porous and is traversed by vertical capillaries that permit the sediment to fracture and form vertical bluffs. The word loess, with connotations of origin by wind-deposited accumulation, can probably be traced back to Alemannic dialects of German, corresponding to the German word locker, or English loose. It was first applied to Rhine River valley loess about 1821.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loess

    lės, or lō′es, n. a loamy deposit of Pleistocene age, in the valleys of the Rhine, Danube, and Rhone.—Also Löss. [Ger. löss.]

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  1. loses, sloes, soles

  2. Loses

  3. Sloes

  4. Soles

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loess in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loess in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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