(1) A thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
(2) Partially decomposed organic matter; the organic component of soil
- A large group of natural organic compounds, found in the soil, formed from the chemical and biological decomposition of plant and animal residues and from the synthetic activity of microorganisms
From . Cognates include Sanskrit and Ancient Greek . Related to .
is one of three common nouns that take the locative case, the other two being and .