Origin of chernozemRussian ?ernozem ; from ?ernaja, feminine of ?ernyj, black + zemlja, earth: for Indo-European base see homo
Origin of chernozemRussian chernoz&edie;m : ch&edie;rny&ibreve;, black + Old Russian zem&ibreve;, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural chernozems)
From Russian чернозём (černozjóm), "black soil", letter "ё (jó)" is usually written as "е (je)" in Russian, more accurately transliterated as "chernozyom", also cf. Черноземье (Černozémʹje) where "ё (jó)" is changed to "е (je)".