topsoil

noun top·soil \ ˈtäp-ˌsȯi(-ə)l \
|Updated on: 20 Jul 2018

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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1836

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Definition of topsoil for English Language Learners

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


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topsoil

noun top·soil \ ˈtäp-ˌsȯil \

Definition of topsoil for Students

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


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