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Word of the Day – Humicolous

By March 27, 2023Word of the Day

Humicolous (adj)

hu-mi-ku-lus

Of or relating to organisms that live in or on soil.

Humicolous, “of or relating to organisms living in or on soil,” is based on Latin humus, “earth,” and colere, “to inhabit.”

Example sentences

“A fork through the soil revealed worms and other humicolous creatures.”

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