sward

[swawrd]
noun
1.
the grassy surface of land; turf.
2.
a stretch of turf; a growth of grass.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cover with sward or turf.
verb (used without object)
4.
to become covered with sward.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English sweard skin, rind; cognate with German Schwarte rind, Old Frisian swarde scalp, Middle Dutch swaerde skin

undersward, noun
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sward (swɔːd)
 
n
1.  turf or grass or a stretch of turf or grass
 
vb
2.  to cover or become covered with grass
 
[Old English sweard skin; related to Old Frisian swarde scalp, Middle High German swart hide]

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sward
"grass-covered ground," O.E. sweard "skin, rind" (of bacon, etc.), from P.Gmc. *swarthu- (cf. O.Fris. swarde "skin of the head," M.Du. swarde "rind of bacon," Ger. Schwarte "thick, hard skin, rind," O.N. svörðr "walrus hide"). Meaning "sod, turf" developed c.1300, on notion of the "skin" of
the earth (cf. O.N. grassvörðr, Dan. grønsvær "greensward").
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Limited work has been done examining these hybrids in a sward situation.
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