subsoil

[suhb-soil]
noun
the bed or stratum of earth or earthy material immediately under the surface soil.
Also called undersoil.


Origin:
1790–1800; sub- + soil1

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subsoil (ˈsʌbˌsɔɪl)
 
n
1.  a.  Also called: undersoil the layer of soil beneath the surface soil and overlying the bedrock
 b.  (as modifier): a subsoil plough
 
vb
2.  (tr) to plough (land) to a depth below the normal ploughing level and so break up the subsoil
 
'subsoiler
 
n

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subsoil
1799, from sub- + soil (n.).
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subsoil   (sŭb'soil')  Pronunciation Key 
In an ABC soil, the B horizon. The term was formerly used to mean the layer of earth below the humus or surface soil.
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Example sentences
The upper part of the subsoil is dominantly brownish-yellow.
The upper part of the subsoil is brownish-yellow, friable silt loam mottled with light gray.
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