tilth

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Etymology[edit]

Old English tilþ, tilþe, corresponding to till +‎ -th.

Noun[edit]

tilth (countable and uncountable, plural tilths)

  1. Agricultural labour; husbandry.
  2. The state of being tilled, or prepared for a crop; culture.
    The land is in good tilth and ready to plant.
  3. Rich cultivated soil.
    • 1954, Doris Lessing, A Proper Marriage, HarperPerennial 1995, p. 333:
      One morning she was kneeling on an old grain sack on the wet black soil, turning the thick rich tilth over and smoothing it ready for the new lettuces.

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