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  1. the water in soil that is not available for absorption by plants.
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Historical Examples of echard

  • Echard and Rapin are silent, both as to the event and as to the locality.

    Notes and Queries, Number 208, October 22, 1853


  • In a note, Echard is alluded to as the authority for this singular circumstance.

  • Even in his own age his part in it was, as obsolete Echard says, 'all riddle and mystery.'

    Sir Walter Ralegh

    William Stebbing

  • Echard says, that Charles refused her a reprieve of six weeks.

    The Town

    Leigh Hunt

  • “Never were fairer promises on one side, nor greater generosity on the other,” says Mr. Echard.

British Dictionary definitions for echard


  1. water that is present in the soil but cannot be absorbed or otherwise utilized by plants
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Word Origin for echard

C20: from Greek ekhein to hold back + ardein to water
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