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sward

[swawrd] /swɔrd/
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
900
before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English sweard skin, rind; cognate with German Schwarte rind, Old Frisian swarde scalp, Middle Dutch swaerde skin
Related forms
undersward, noun
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sward

/swɔːd/
noun
1.
turf or grass or a stretch of turf or grass
verb
2.
to cover or become covered with grass
Word Origin
Old English sweard skin; related to Old Frisian swarde scalp, Middle High German swart hide
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Word Origin and History for undersward

sward

n.

"grass-covered ground," Old English sweard "skin, rind" (of bacon, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *swarthu- (cf. Old Frisian swarde "skin of the head," Middle Dutch swarde "rind of bacon," German Schwarte "thick, hard skin, rind," Old Norse svörðr "walrus hide"). Meaning "sod, turf" developed c.1300, on notion of the "skin" of the earth (cf. Old Norse grassvörðr, Danish grønsvær "greensward").

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