From Old English lām.
- A kind of soil; an earthy mixture of clay and sand, with organic matter to which its fertility is chiefly due.
- (metalworking) A mixture of sand, clay, and other materials, used in making moulds for large castings, often without a pattern.
- To cover, smear, or fill with loam.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.