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[tilth] /tɪlθ/
the act or operation of tilling land; tillage.
the state of being tilled or under cultivation.
the physical condition of soil in relation to plant growth.
land that is tilled or cultivated.
Origin of tilth
before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See till2, -th1 Unabridged
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  • On a heavy soil it has a bad influence if used repeatedly and in quantity, causing the land to “run,” and making the tilth bad.

  • The better the land is kept in tilth, the better will be the effect of an application of guano.

    Guano Solon Robinson
  • You feel in the atmosphere the same tonic, puissant quality that is in the tilth, the same strength and resoluteness.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
  • The vast plains are rich with crops, or are ready to yield to the tilth.

    Pictures of Southern Life William Howard Russell
  • Some soils are naturally friable, and in these a tilth sufficiently fine can be realized ordinarily with but little labor.

  • tilth masters that have corn of their own growing and sell it to others.

  • In Sicilian territory too is tilth and town, and famed Acestes himself of Trojan blood.

  • It is the gentry who offer a rich demesne, vineland and tilth, to Meleager, imploring him to take part in their war.

    The World of Homer Andrew Lang
  • Flowers, perhaps, at all events those of tilth and pasture, will have been all but improved away.

  • It had for foreground a stretch of tilth—olive-trees, honeysuckle hedges, and cypresses.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for tilth


the act or process of tilling land
the condition of soil or land that has been tilled, esp with respect to suitability for promoting plant growth
Word Origin
Old English tilthe; see till²
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Word Origin and History for tilth

"labor, work" (especially in agriculture), Old English tilþ, from tilian "to till" (see till (v.)) + -th (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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