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echard

[ ek-hahrd ]
/ ˈɛkˌhɑrd /
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noun

the water in soil that is not available for absorption by plants.

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Origin of echard

First recorded in 1905–10; from ech-, root of Greek verb échein “to have, hold, hold back” + árd(ein) “to water, irrigate”; cf. chresard
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British Dictionary definitions for echard

echard
/ (ˈɛkɑːd) /

noun

water that is present in the soil but cannot be absorbed or otherwise utilized by plants
C20: from Greek ekhein to hold back + ardein to water
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