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subsoil plow

a plow for stirring the subsoil, usually without disturbing the surface.
Origin of subsoil plow
First recorded in 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Happily, they were sunk so low that the subsoil plow will never disturb them.

    What I know of farming: Horace Greeley
  • The land should be thoroughly plowed, and if the clay subsoil comes near the surface it should be loosened with the subsoil plow.

  • After the first foot is removed, if the ground be hard, a pick or subsoil plow must be used.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French

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