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Topic: SOIL

Date: 1600-1700
Origin: Probably from melch 'soft' (14-19 centuries)

mulch

1 noun
     
mulch1 [countable usually singular, uncountable]
TASDLG a substance such as decaying leaves that you put on the soil to improve its quality, to protect the roots of plants, or to stop weeds growing
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