chernozem[c̸her′nə zem′, -zyôm′]
chernozem definition by Webster's New World
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a black topsoil, rich in humus and lime, found in grasslands of central European Russia
Origin: Russian ; from chernyi, black plush zemlya, earth: for Indo-European base see homage
chernozem definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A very black topsoil, rich in humus, typical of cool to temperate semiarid regions, such as the grasslands of European Russia.
Origin: Russian chernozëm : chërnyĭ, black + Old Russian zemĭ, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
- cherˌno·zemˈic adjective