One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of laterite (clayey material) used for road surfaces in tropical Africa.
- ‘But before the man driving the rollers came back, a number of trucks were deployed to dump huge mounds of murram every 800 metres, which was then mixed with lime and spread down the sides of the road.’
- ‘Soon we were bouncing down the murram road in the opposite direction.’
- ‘We have one highway which on reaching Namungalwe, you branch off to the left and there we have a murram road.’
- ‘If murram or good quality clay is not available, use sand for filling with adequate watering.’
- ‘In order to make these roads passable during rainy season, grading them to murram status is ongoing.’
- ‘Many of the roads are murram and without signs.’
- ‘After about a 20 minutes drive from Kafu, we diverted to a murram road on the right, which I was told is a short-cut route to Apac, the most southern of the districts in northern Uganda.’
- ‘The murram surface runway is 1,585m x 30 m and is in good condition.’
- ‘As we proceed deeper and higher we are mostly on red murram or clay.’
- ‘Follow the murram road for 500m bearing right at a fork in the road until you reach a clearing on the edge of the forest and the forestry station.’
1920s: a local word.
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