Texture, soil. The relative proportions of sand, silt, and clay particles in a mass of soil.
The basic textural classes, in order of increasing proportion of fine particles, are
sand, loamy sand, sandy loam, loam, silt loam, silt, sandy clay loam, clay loam,
silty clay loam, sandy clay, silty clay, and clay. The sand, loamy sand, and sandy
loam classes may be further divided by specifying “coarse,” “fine,” or “very fine.”