chernozem

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Chernozem or chernozem-like black earth in New York.

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From Russian чернозём (černozjóm), "black soil", letter "ё ()" is usually written as "е (je)" in Russian, more accurately transliterated as "chernozyom", also compare Черноземье (Černozémʹje) where "ё ()" is changed to "е (je)".

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chernozem (countable and uncountable, plural chernozems)

  1. A fertile black soil containing a very high percentage of humus (3% to 15%) and high percentages of phosphoric acids, phosphorus and ammonia.

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