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virgin soil

soil that has not been cultivated before
a person or thing that is as yet undeveloped
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  • This is or was virgin soil, never occupied by plants, and entirely destitute of leaf-mould or any sort of organic plant-food.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • It was on new breaking and virgin soil and they grew tremendous.

  • Then followed half a century of robust, agricultural life, on a virgin soil.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • You would think the people had just come into possession of a virgin soil.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • Cultivated areas have appeared on virgin soil, in the midst of the desert.

    The Argentine Republic Pierre Denis
  • It was indeed a forest primeval, a virgin soil, and a new land.

    Revolutionary Reader Sophie Lee Foster
  • There was no sign of life, no trace of any building; they were walking over a virgin soil.

  • They had cleared a patch of black, virgin soil, in a sunny hollow.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • It is virgin soil, and not an inch of ground but has something growing.

  • "I brought a two-horse plough because it's virgin soil," the man said.

    Stories to Tell Children Sara Cone Bryant

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