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topsoil

[top-soil] /ˈtɒpˌsɔɪl/
noun
1.
the fertile, upper part of the soil.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cover (land) with topsoil.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; top1 + soil1
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topsoil

/ˈtɒpˌsɔɪl/
noun
1.
the surface layer of soil
verb (transitive)
2.
to spread topsoil on (land)
3.
to remove the topsoil from (land)
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topsoil

n.

1836, from top (n.1) + soil (n.).

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top soil in Science
topsoil
  (tŏp'soil')   
The upper portion of a soil, usually dark colored and rich in organic material. It is more or less equivalent to the upper portion of an A horizon in an ABC soil.
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top soil in Culture

topsoil definition


The thin, rich layer of soil where most nutrients for plants are found.

Note: Most of the land-based biological activity of the Earth takes place here.
Note: The loss of topsoil through erosion is a major agricultural problem.
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