Loam Loam (l[=o]m), n. [AS. l[=a]m; akin to D. leem, G. lehm, and E. lime. See 4th {Lime}.] 1. A kind of soil; an earthy mixture of clay and sand, with organic matter to which its fertility is chiefly due. [1913 Webster]

We wash a wall of loam; we labor in vain. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. (Founding) A mixture of sand, clay, and other materials, used in making molds for large castings, often without a pattern. [1913 Webster]

{Loam mold} (Founding), a mold made with loam. See {Loam}, n., 2.

{Loam molding}, the process or business of making loam molds.

{Loam plate}, an iron plate upon which a section of a loam mold rests, or from which it is suspended.

{Loam work}, loam molding or loam molds. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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