Borrowing from Russian чернозём (černozjóm), "black soil". The letter "ё (jo)" is usually written as "е (je)" in Russian, more accurately transliterated as "chernozyom"; compare чернозе́мье (černozémʹje), where "ё (jo)" is changed to "е (je)".
- A fertile black soil containing a very high percentage of humus (3% to 15%) and high percentages of phosphoric acids, phosphorus and ammonia.
chernozem m (plural chernozens)
- chernozem (black-coloured soil containing a high percentage of humus)