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soil

noun uk   us   /sɔɪl/
B2 [C or U] the material on the surface of the ground in which plants grow: light/heavy/fertile soil sandy or chalky soils [U] literary a country: It was the first time we had set foot on foreign/French/American soil (= gone to a foreign country/France/America).the soil literary the activity of farming: The government is trying to encourage a return to the soil.
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soil

verb [T] uk   us   /sɔɪl/ formal
to make something dirty, especially with solid waste: soiled diapers/nappies/sheets
Translations of “soil”
in Arabic تُرْبة…
in Korean 토양…
in Malaysian tanah…
in French sol, terre…
in Turkish toprak…
in Italian terreno, terra, terriccio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 泥土,土壤, 國家, 國土…
in Russian почва…
in Polish gleba, ziemia…
in Vietnamese đất trồng…
in Spanish tierra, suelo…
in Portuguese solo…
in Thai ดิน…
in German der (Erd)Boden…
in Catalan terra, sòl…
in Japanese 土, 土壌…
in Indonesian tanah…
in Chinese (Simplified) 泥土,土壤, 国家, 国土…
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