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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Patricia Rivas, 41, who lives in one of the apartments on Dryden Place and is the mother of a child who attends Windsor, joined the volunteers who shoveled topsoil and mulch into wheelbarrows before depositing it into garden beds.
Approximately 7,000 cubic yards of the garden's topsoil was trucked off site, sterilized and then returned as part of a fresh soil mix better designed to deal with compaction from visitors.
The steep and narrow canyons of the coast are frequently scoured by debris flows, torrents of water skimming off topsoil and rocks at disastrous velocities.
Everything would stink to high heaven, because the maggots aren’t digesting it down to topsoil again.
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First Known Use of topsoil
TOPSOIL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of topsoil for English Language Learners
: the upper layer of soil in which plants have most of their roots
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Definition of topsoil for Students
: the rich upper layer of soil in which plants have most of their roots
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