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  • the rich loam of tropical India
  • under four feet of loam
  • The land is loamy.
  • it was like turning up old Roman tiles and pottery buried in fat English loam
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • Arid each night, creeping a little closer to the tent, inching his way over the woodland blanket of decaying leaves and moist loamy soil until his shadow rose in the narrow opening of the tent and fell over her, and the tent was filled with her smell, and there would be the sleeping girl clutching the teddy bear and the hunter holding his gun, one dreaming of the life that was taken from her, the other thinking of the life he’d take.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • It was like one of those fast-motion videos of plants blooming, except she seemed to be reeling the flowers up from their loamy bed by invisible strings.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • And even though it was still cool, there was an expectancy that Esperanza could smell, a rich loamy odor that promised spring.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • I scoop up a handful and breathe in the loamy smell.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • From the loam of Jutta’s memory rises a sentence: What I want to write about today is the sea.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Her fingers claw the loamy earth of the wooded hillside upon which he lies underneath her, she feels the dirt impacting itself beneath her fingernails.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • A smell of loam and another, pungent scent rises from among the leaves, a smell of old things, dense and heavy, forgotten.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Then she realized a tidal wave of dark loam was rolling across the hills, turning the skin of the earth inside out, leaving nothing behind.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Overflowing trash cans, just-cut grass, sun-warmed patches of pavement, the loamy richness of dirt, earthworms (loamysmelling, too; often difficult to distinguish from the smell of dirt), dog, more dog, dog again (Oh, dogs!
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • He can feel heat and humidity rising from the loamy earth.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • This has included scrubbing down my body with a gritty loam that has removed not only dirt but at least three layers of skin, turning my nails into uniform shapes, and primarily, ridding my body of hair.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • The air turned damp, perfumed with loam and fresh earth, rotting leaves and new growth.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • I dug my nails into the loam and shot myself forward.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Would you let them burn us? . Where is your manhood, loam breaker?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Mulch followed a loamy vein through a volcanic fold in the rock.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Beside a mountain stream, O’Dell and I worked at a clear place, picking and shoveling rich, black West Virginia loam into the truck.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • I look at my four boys, who are the colors of silt, loam, dust, and clay, an infinite palette for children of their own, and I understand that time erases whiteness altogether.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • An aged and falling apple-tree leans far over to one side, its wound dressed with a bandage of straw and of clayey loam.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The land was down upon itself, a land of black loam, but nothing on it, not even grass.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • BOTTOM Some man or other must present wall: and let him have some plaster, or some loam, or some rough-cast about him, to signify wall; and let him hold his fingers thus, and through that cranny shall Pyramus and Thisby whisper.
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • You would almost have thought he was digging a cellar there in the sea; and when at length his spade struck against the gaunt ribs, it was like turning up old Roman tiles and pottery buried in fat English loam.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Topsoil averages three and a half feet, sand on top and loam within plow reach.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • I listened to the muffled rattle of our waters against damp leaf loam.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • When the rich loam had taken the edge off their hunger, the trees turned to an earth of the kind you see in Somerset, which is almost pink.
    C.S. Lewis  --  Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
  • ’You ought to have planted silver poplars here by preference, and spruce firs, and perhaps limes, giving them some loam.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • No, faith, not a jot; but to follow him thither with modesty enough, and likelihood to lead it: as thus: Alexander died, Alexander was buried, Alexander returneth into dust; the dust is earth; of earth we make loam; and why of that loam whereto he was converted might they not stop a beer-barrel?
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • They lowered her into the five-foot hole and packed in the sand and loam afterwards, leaving an insignificant mound.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • But now, when all purpose was gone, that habit of looking towards the money and grasping it with a sense of fulfilled effort made a loam that was deep enough for the seeds of desire; and as Silas walked homeward across the fields in the twilight, he drew out the money and thought it was brighter in the gathering gloom.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • The red-clay sub-soil already had begun to peer above the loam.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Even Kyklopes know the wine-grapes grow out of grassland and loam in heaven’s rain, .
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • It will crack then like ice under the pick, and through the breaks I will see the loam, fertile, free of pebbles and twigs.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • Danger roamed the steep slopes and loamy valleys, and the magisterial high rock presided over both men and beasts, sharply defining the limits of their ambition, of their lives.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • John Grady rode through the willows and down the arroyo following the occasional bare footprint in the rainspotted loam until he came upon Blevins crouched under the roots of a dead cottonwood in a caveout where the arroyo turned and fanned out onto the plain.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Quentin looked at the three identical headstones with their faint identical lettering, slanted a little in the soft loamy decay of accumulated cedar needles, these decipherable too when he looked close, the first one: Charles Bon.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • Within the remote depths of his constitution, so gentle and affectionate as he was in general, there lay hidden a hard logical deposit, like a vein of metal in a soft loam, which turned the edge of everything that attempted to traverse it.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • But anyway I preferred to be in the shop—in that Elysian Fields’ drift of flowers piled around the loam boxes of the back room or stacked behind the thick panes of the icebox, the roses, carnations, and chrysanthemums.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Looking at it from the top, where the moonlight illuminated those curling pipes, to the bottom, where the sculpture’s feet met the ground, I finally got it that this was Stella, the entire figure showing the evolution of that thick, loamy dirt moving through her hands to emerge in bloom after bloom after bloom.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • He ordered his laborers hither and thither and they did a mighty day of labor, ploughing here and ploughing there, and Wang Lung stood first behind the oxen and cracked the whip over their backs and saw the deep curl of earth turning as the plow went into the soil, and then he called to Ching and gave him the ropes, and he himself took a hoe and broke up the soil into fine loamy stuff, soft as black sugar, and still dark with the wetness of the land upon it.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • One of his fondest memories of her was the long afternoons she had spent under the front porch when she was about two, digging in the loam, ignoring spiders and googlepeds, rushing into the house to show off every plastic plate and tarnished pfennig she had excavated, demanding to know where it had come from, what were the people like who had left it there?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • And disappearing in one of the spacious baths of the Harriet home, locking the door and sitting down and thinking, thinking—of Roberta’s body recovered, of the possibilities of a bruise of some kind, of the possibility of the print of his own feet in the mud and sandy loam of the shore; of that suit over at the Cranstons’, the men in the wood, Roberta’s bag, hat and coat, his own liningless hat left on the water—and wondering what next to do.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • The threads push through the cell wall and grow out of the cell, like grass rising from seeded loam.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • Our village has a fair prospect, and that morn the air was rich with summer’s loamy fragrance.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The entire Columbian Guard seemed to be present, their pale blue uniforms standing out like crocuses against black loam.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • It was a sheer wall of red clay or loam, a hundred feet high, and at the bottom ran a swift, shallow stream of reddish water.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • Though the puddles had largely vanished, sinking into the sandy loam, the grass held on to the rain and dampened the tips of her shoes as Katie moved through it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
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