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English definition of “soil”

soil

noun     /sɔɪl/
B2 [C or U] the material on the surface of the ground in which plants grow : light / heavy / fertile soil sandy or chalky soilsSoil [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 ).Country and nationContinents and regions of the worldCountry names the soil literary the activity of farming : The government is trying to encourage a return to the soil.Farming - general words
(Definition of soil noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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