from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brown or black organic substance consisting of partially or wholly decayed vegetable or animal matter that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water.
- n. Variant of hummus.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A large group of natural organic compounds, found in the soil, formed from the chemical and biological decomposition of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activity of microorganisms
- n. An alternative spelling of hummus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That portion of the soil formed by the decomposition of animal or vegetable matter. It is a valuable constituent of soils.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Vegetable mold.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil
- n. a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
Latin, soil; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin humus. (Wiktionary)
Turkish humus or Arabic hummus (Wiktionary)