top·​soil | \ ˈtäp-ˌsȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce topsoil (audio) \

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

Examples of topsoil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why not just lay sod or spread topsoil over the tree roots, since they’re supposed to be underground? Beth Botts, Chicago Tribune, 24 July 2022 Nature takes 500 years or more to create an inch of fresh topsoil. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 26 June 2022 The risk to North American topsoil For farms across the North American Wheat Belt, the drought-flood cycle is particularly damaging. Stephanie Hanes, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 June 2022 The tribe and the BIA launched immediate solutions such as barriers, called jetty jacks, to impede debris from clogging waterways, along with other types of fencing, all to stop erosion and prevent the loss of topsoil., 26 June 2022 In America’s Midwest over the past 160 years, nearly 60 billion metric tons of topsoil have eroded. Chloe Sorvino, Forbes, 26 June 2022 The topsoil on hills can easily wash off, leaving an unattractive and muddy mess. oregonlive, 3 July 2022 The following rainy season, more than 300,000 tons of ashy, topsoil sludge ended up in the Rubicon River -- normally pristine water that flows out of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Ella Nilsen, CNN, 29 May 2022 Notice Southern New England has some of the driest topsoil in the country compared to average. Dave Epstein,, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of topsoil

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Topsoil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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top·​soil | \ ˈtäp-ˌsȯil How to pronounce topsoil (audio) \

Kids Definition of topsoil

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

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