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[tilth] /tɪlθ/
the act or operation of tilling land; tillage.
the state of being tilled or under cultivation.
the physical condition of soil in relation to plant growth.
land that is tilled or cultivated.
Origin of tilth
before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See till2, -th1 Unabridged
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  • The better the land is kept in tilth, the better will be the effect of an application of guano.

    Guano Solon Robinson
  • The vast plains are rich with crops, or are ready to yield to the tilth.

    Pictures of Southern Life William Howard Russell
  • tilth masters that have corn of their own growing and sell it to others.

  • It is the gentry who offer a rich demesne, vineland and tilth, to Meleager, imploring him to take part in their war.

    The World of Homer

    Andrew Lang
  • It had for foreground a stretch of tilth—olive-trees, honeysuckle hedges, and cypresses.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • The worth of 'winter tilth of a cyvar two legal pence;' and so p. 286, Dimetian Code.

  • Some soils are naturally friable, and in these a tilth sufficiently fine can be realized ordinarily with but little labor.

  • It improves the tilth by means of the shade furnished, and the extent to which the roots fill the soil.

  • tilth also helped—the field trees bent and often broke under their fruity burdens.

    Dishes & Beverages of the Old South

    Martha McCulloch Williams
  • Every plant and shrub gave evidence of loving care, and repaid the tilth bestowed upon them with lavish interest.

    The Taming of the Jungle Dr. C. W. Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for tilth


the act or process of tilling land
the condition of soil or land that has been tilled, esp with respect to suitability for promoting plant growth
Word Origin
Old English tilthe; see till²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tilth

"labor, work" (especially in agriculture), Old English tilþ, from tilian "to till" (see till (v.)) + -th (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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