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  • Mulch followed a loamy vein through a volcanic fold in the rock.†   (source)
  • He can feel heat and humidity rising from the loamy earth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • The entire Columbian Guard seemed to be present, their pale blue uniforms standing out like crocuses against black loam.†   (source)
  • Beside a mountain stream, O'Dell and I worked at a clear place, picking and shoveling rich, black West Virginia loam into the truck.†   (source)
  • The air turned damp, perfumed with loam and fresh earth, rotting leaves and new growth.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The threads push through the cell wall and grow out of the cell, like grass rising from seeded loam.†   (source)
  • Where is your manhood, loam breaker?†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • At first it would be visible now and again on a bit of sandy loam, chain marks showing, where the tire left no impression; but, within a mile or so of the Consadine home, it seemed to have left the trail.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I dug my nails into the loam and shot myself forward.†   (source)
  • On a rocky outcropping of the shoreline of Prydain, Jack once again opened Pandora's Box—but instead of placing his hand over the heart of one of Mordred's human victims, he placed one hand inside the box and put the other deep into the loamy soil of the land.†   (source)
  • So fertile was that loamy soil that Matron—Missing Hospital's wise and sensible leader—cautioned us against stepping into it barefoot lest we sprout new toes.†   (source)
  • Our village has a fair prospect, and that morn the air was rich with summer's loamy fragrance.†   (source)
  • It will crack then like ice under the pick, and through the breaks I will see the loam, fertile, free of pebbles and twigs.†   (source)
  • A smell of loam and another, pungent scent rises from among the leaves, a smell of old things, dense and heavy, forgotten.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • They lowered her into the five-foot hole and packed in the sand and loam afterwards, leaving an insignificant mound.†   (source)
  • I listened to the muffled rattle of our waters against damp leaf loam.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Topsoil averages three and a half feet, sand on top and loam within plow reach.†   (source)
  • Auk XXIII was buried there, up to its fins in soft, wet loam.†   (source)
  • He'd gone several metres along the loamy vein before he realized no one was following.†   (source)
  • For it is the loam that is giving you that smell.†   (source)
  • One tree bulged at the base to form a two-story house before sinking its roots into the loam.†   (source)
  • And how much loam will I need to keep my water still?†   (source)
  • The land was down upon itself, a land of black loam, but nothing on it, not even grass.†   (source)
  • They began with a rich brown loam that looked almost exactly like chocolate; so like chocolate, in fact, that Edmund tried a piece of it, but he did not find it at all nice.†   (source)
  • For almost a minute, the deer bounded past Roran, mincing the loam with their sharp hooves and catching the moonlight with their white-rimmed eyes.†   (source)
  • Unlike during one of Saphira's dives, he retained his sense of weight, as if he still stood upon the loam below.†   (source)
  • How much water to keep the loam moist?†   (source)
  • So black that only a steady careful rubbing with steel wool would remove it, and as it was removed there was the glint of gold leaf and under the gold leaf the cold alabaster and deep, deep down under the cold alabaster more black only this time the black of warm loam.†   (source)
  • Beside her, Sloan hacked at the soft loam with a furious, obsessive energy, as if he were attempting to tear open the earth's skin, to peel back its clay hide and expose the muscle beneath.†   (source)
  • She lay down again on the bed and sang a little wandering tune made up of the words I have sung all the songs all the songs I have sung all the songs there are until, touched by her own lullaby, she grew drowsy, and in the hollow of near-sleep she tasted the acridness of gold, left the chill of alabaster and smelled the dark, sweet stench of loam.†   (source)
  • Roran strung his bow and planted three goose-feather arrows upright in the loam, within easy reach, then wrapped himself in a blanket and curled against the rockface to his left.†   (source)
  • …of rabbit, arose: Tweedledum following Tweedledee, MockTurtle, Dormouse, drowned bodies from the sea compounded of salt and whiteweed, swaying; hanging blue-throated men with turned-up, clam-flesh eyes, and creatures of ice and burning tinsel, loam-dwarfs and pepper-elves, Tik-tok, Ruggedo, St. Nicholas with a self-made snow flurry blowing on before him, Bluebeard with whiskers like acetylene flame, and sulphur clouds from which green fire snouts protruded, and, in scaly and gigantic…†   (source)
  • I pretended nonchalance even though her presence still stirred me to the very pit of my stomach, inflamed me in a way that was all the more distracting because of the perfume she was wearing—the same herbal scent, distinctly unsubtle and loamy and provocative, which had stung my libidinal longings on that first day when we went to Coney Island.†   (source)
  • He thought of the loamy black earth with its sudden young light of flowers, of the beaded chill of beer, and of the plumtree's dropping blossoms.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • He was surrounded by wide slanting shelves of fruit and vegetables, smelling of the earth and morning—great crinkled lettuces, fat radishes still clotted damply with black loam, quill-stemmed young onions newly wrenched from gardens, late celery, spring potatoes, and the thin rinded citrous fruits of Florida.†   (source)
  • A warm sunny odor of nasturtiums, loamy earth, and honeysuckle washed round them its hot spermy waves.†   (source)
  • He built his house close to the quiet hilly street; he bedded the loamy soil with flowers; he laid the short walk to the high veranda steps with great square sheets of colored marble; he put a fence of spiked iron between his house and the world.†   (source)
  • All that he touched waxed in rich pungent life: his Spring gardens, wrought in the black wet earth below the fruit trees, flourished in huge crinkled lettuces that wrenched cleanly from the loamy soil with small black clots stuck to their crisp stocks; fat red radishes; heavy tomatoes.†   (source)
  • He remembered yet the East India Tea House at the Fair, the sandalwood, the turbans, and the robes, the cool interior and the smell of India tea; and he had felt now the nostalgic thrill of dew-wet mornings in Spring, the cherry scent, the cool clarion earth, the wet loaminess of the garden, the pungent breakfast smells and the floating snow of blossoms.†   (source)
  • They will fall bursted on the loamy warm wet earth; when the wind blows in the orchard the air will be filled with dropping plums; the night will be filled with the sound of their dropping, and a great tree of birds will sing, burgeoning, blossoming richly, filling the air also with warm-throated plum-dropping bird-notes.†   (source)
  • The red-clay sub-soil already had begun to peer above the loam.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The shovelfuls of loam, black as jet, brought there by the river when it was as wide as the whole valley, were an essence of soils, pounded champaigns of the past, steeped, refined, and subtilized to extraordinary richness, out of which came all the fertility of the mead, and of the cattle grazing there.†   (source)
  • In time she reached the edge of the vast escarpment below which stretched the loamy Vale of Blackmoor, now lying misty and still in the dawn.†   (source)
  • 'You ought to have planted silver poplars here by preference, and spruce firs, and perhaps limes, giving them some loam.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • An aged and falling apple-tree leans far over to one side, its wound dressed with a bandage of straw and of clayey loam.†   (source)
  • It was a very long succession of uninteresting loamy and fertile flats, a very easy country for the construction of railways, and propitious for the laying-down of these direct level lines so dear to railway companies.†   (source)
  • The picture so beautifully described by our own admirable poet, and which we have placed at the head of this chapter, was here realized; the earth fattened by the decayed vegetation of centuries, and black with loam, the stream that filled the banks nearly to overflowing, and the "fresh and boundless wood," being all as visible to the eye as the pen of Bryant has elsewhere vividly presented them to the imagination.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Step up, my friends!
    Here is the prize at issue, right before you, look—
    a woman who has no equal now in all Achaean country,
    neither in holy Pylos, nor in Argos or Mycenae,

    not even Ithaca itself or the loamy mainland.
    You know it well.†   (source)
  • …for work,
    fasting right till dusk with lots of hay to mow.
    Or give us a team of oxen to drive, purebreds,
    hulking, ruddy beasts, both lusty with fodder,

    paired for age and pulling-power that never flags—
    with four acres to work, the loam churning under the plow—
    you'd see what a straight unbroken furrow I could cut you then.
    Or if Zeus would bring some battle on—out of the blue,
    this very day—and give me a shield and two spears
    and a bronze helmet to fit this soldier's…†   (source)
  • …they devour all his goods,
    those brazen rascals never spare a scrap!
    Not a day or a night goes by, sent down by Zeus,
    but they butcher victims, never stopping at one or two,
    and drain his wine as if there's no tomorrow—
    swilling the last drop ….
    Believe me, my master's wealth was vast!
    No other prince on earth could match his riches,
    not on the loamy mainland or here at home in Ithaca—
    no twenty men in the world could equal his great treasures!
    Let me count them off for you.†   (source)
  • Loam, what is this that is?†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • This loam, this rough-cast, and this stone, doth show That I am that same wall; the truth is so: And this the cranny is, right and sinister, Through which the fearful lovers are to whisper.†   (source)
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