a house built of strips of sod, laid like brickwork, and used especially by settlers on the Great Plains, when timber was scarce.
Origin of sod house
First recorded in 1825–35
Also called soddie, soddy.
adjective, sod·di·er, sod·di·est.
of or relating to sod.
consisting of sod.
noun, plural sod·dies.
Origin of soddy
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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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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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