topsoil

noun
top·soil | \ˈtäp-ˌsȯi(-ə)l \

Definition of topsoil 

: surface soil usually including the organic layer in which plants have most of their roots and which the farmer turns over in plowing

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These trenches hold on to nutrients and moisture—and when the weather gets scorching, plants draw on the deeper topsoil for sustenance. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Heat Wave is Revealing Centuries-Old Sites in Wales," 11 July 2018 The topsoil of more than a million acres had simply blown away, a portion of it taking to the wind to begrime the nation’s capital. John F. Ross, WSJ, "The Prophet of the Dust Bowl," 14 June 2018 In some yards, much of the original topsoil is gone and needs to be replaced. Debbie Carlson, ajc, "5 mistakes you’re making when purchasing garden supplies," 8 June 2018 For a week now, construction foreman Brad Cederberg’s five-man crew has been covering the rutted infield with 2-3 inches of topsoil, covering that with sod, and dousing that with water. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Austin hopes a new ballfield can help in its battle with opioids and HIV," 21 June 2018 But as the Yadrovo dump overflowed and the organic waste decayed under the topsoil, a mixture of hydrogen sulfide and methane gases enveloped the town during the winter. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018 To plant grass seed on the stump site, remove the upper mulch/soil mix and replace it with topsoil. Ellen Nibali, baltimoresun.com, "Garden Q&A: How to control a leafminer attack," 24 May 2018 The retired tobacco czar who financed the endeavor, Jiankang Qiu, decided the topsoil devoted to the earthwork should instead be used to fill up a lake. Jon Niccum, kansascity, "Kansas crop artist Stan Herd's massive China 'earthwork' may outlast the Great Wall," 14 June 2018 In some yards, much of the original topsoil is gone and needs to be replaced. Debbie Carlson, ajc, "5 mistakes you’re making when purchasing garden supplies," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of topsoil

1836, in the meaning defined above

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topsoil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of topsoil

: the upper layer of soil in which plants have most of their roots

topsoil

noun
top·soil | \ˈtäp-ˌsȯil \

Kids Definition of topsoil

: the rich upper layer of soil in which plants have most of their roots

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