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Meaning of chernozem

cher•no•zem

Pronunciation: (chûr'nu-zem", châr'- Russ. chyir-nu-zyôm'), [key]
— n.
  1. a soil common in cool or temperate semiarid climates, very black and rich in humus and carbonates.
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