Etymology
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chernozem (n.)

"fertile black soil of Ukraine and southern Russia," 1842, from Russian chernozem, literally "black earth," from chernyi "black," from PIE *kers- "dark, dirty" (see Krishna) + zemlya "earth, soil" (from Old Russian zemi "land, earth," from PIE root *dhghem- "earth").

updated on December 04, 2022

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