from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An earthy substance consisting of a disintegrated mass of decayed leaves. It is much used, alone or mixed with earth or other substances, as a soil for some house- and garden-plants.
  • n. Any one of various fungi which turn brown the leaves of carnations, cotton, grapes, melons, and other plants.


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  • The soil looks hot and dry, but will be watered and covered in a leaf-mold mulch to maintain moisture required for germination.

    Groundwork: Carrot time

  • Seeing this woodland snipe, a piece of airborne leaf-mold, flying from the sea toward the security of some wet muddy spot made me want to understand its past.

    A Year on the Wing

  • At one point he drops to his knees and creeps through frosty leaf-mold toward a peregrine that has just killed a woodcock.

    A Year on the Wing

  • The cabin was a shambles, the matting and the quilts muddy and stained with leaf-mold and blood, rags and buckets competing for hearth-space with the rice-pot.


  • The branches still held up roofs of frozen snow, trailing long icicles where the noon sun had had room to penetrate, and the ground underfoot, deep in leaf-mold and needles, was easy riding.

    The Virgin In The Ice

  • In the rich leaf-mold the plants grew lustily, covering the forest floor for some distance with their spreading green umbrellas.

    Followers of the Trail

  • The hand he held against his breast was dabbled and streaked with the blood that oozed from beneath the pressing fingers; the leaf-mold under him was saturated with it.

    Raw Gold A Novel

  • These we gathered carefully together, against the time of meeting Lyn, and then -- for time pressed, and a dead man, though he may be your friend and his passing a sorrow, is out of the game forever -- we dragged him from beneath the dead horse, wrapped him in the canvas pack-cover, and buried him in the soft leaf-mold where he lay, as we had buried his lifetime partner early in the morning.

    Raw Gold A Novel

  • Walking on soft leaf-mold he approached within twenty feet of her, unheard.

    The Hidden Places

  • There was a soft footfall on the leaf-mold, and before her stood Jeanne Lacombie.

    The Promise A Tale of the Great Northwest


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