sod house


a house built of strips of sod, laid like brickwork, and used especially by settlers on the Great Plains, when timber was scarce.


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Origin of sod house

First recorded in 1825–35
Also called soddie, soddy.

Definition for soddie (2 of 2)

[ sod-ee ]
/ ˈsɒd i /

adjective, sod·di·er, sod·di·est.

of or relating to sod.
consisting of sod.

noun, plural sod·dies.

Also sod·die. Western U.S. sod house.

Origin of soddy

First recorded in 1605–15; sod1 + -y1, -y2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for soddie

/ (ˈsɒdɪ) /


Frederick. 1877–1956, English chemist, whose work on radioactive disintegration led to the discovery of isotopes: Nobel prize for chemistry 1921
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Scientific definitions for soddie

[ sŏdē ]
Frederick 1877-1956

British chemist who was a pioneer in the study of radioactivity. With Ernest Rutherford, he explained the atomic disintegration of radioactive elements. Soddy also coined the word isotope to describe elements that were chemically identical but had different atomic weights. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1921.
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