top soil

topsoil

[top-soil]
noun
1.
the fertile, upper part of the soil.
verb (used with object)
2.
to cover (land) with topsoil.

Origin:
1860–65; top1 + soil1

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topsoil (ˈtɒpˌsɔɪl)
 
n
1.  the surface layer of soil
 
vb
2.  to spread topsoil on (land)
3.  to remove the topsoil from (land)

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topsoil   (tŏp'soil')  Pronunciation Key 
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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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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