Difference between soil and serpentine




  1. material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
  2. the part of the earth's surface consisting of humus and disintegrated rock
  3. the state of being covered with unclean things
  4. the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a sovereign state


  1. make soiled, filthy, or dirty


Elisabeth found herself with a straggle of colonists in a mosquito-ridden, uncleared jungle where sandflies bored into the skin of the feet and the clay soil was so intractable that nothing would grow.

Turn out the lot and the wellrotted stuff at the base can be put on unplanted soil.

Brigalow vegetation is found to the east, and gidgee (A. cambagei) woodlands or shrublands are scattered across the region on alluvium or other more fertile clay soils.

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  1. resembling a serpent in form


It looked like it was made of plaques of imperial jade, not softer serpentine.

You prayed to the devil in Serpentine avenue that the fubsy widow in front might lift her clothes still more from the wet street.

How about apatite, apophyllite, axinite, chlorite, hypersthene, scapolite, serpentine, tantalite, and wolframite?

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