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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Example sentences
Fill the drainage holes thus created with good-quality topsoil.
Quick renovation kept topsoil and runoff out of the creek that forms the
  house's rear property line.
If its authors have identified these correctly, it fits in well with an overall
  picture showing loss of forests and topsoil.
McKay fruitlessly looked for cyanobacteria and organic molecules in the topsoil
  and underground.
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