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Turf \Turf\ (t[^u]rf), n.; pl. Turfs, Obs. Turves. [AS. turf; akin to D. turf peat, G. torf, OHG. zurba turf, Sw. & Icel. torf turf, peat, Dan. t["o]rv, Skr. darbha a kind of grass, a tuft of grass. [root]242.]

  1. That upper stratum of earth and vegetable mold which is filled with the roots of grass and other small plants, so as to adhere and form a kind of mat; sward; sod.

    At his head a grass-green turf.

    The Greek historian sets her in the field on a high heap of turves.

  2. Peat, especially when prepared for fuel. See Peat.

  3. Race course; horse racing; -- preceded by the. ``We . . . claim the honors of the turf.''

    Note: Turf is often used adjectively, or to form compounds which are generally self-explaining; as, turf ashes, turf cutter or turf-cutter, turf pit or turf-pit, turf-built, turf-clad, turf-covered, etc.

    Turf ant (Zo["o]l.), a small European ant ( Formica flava) which makes small ant-hills on heaths and commons.

    Turf drain, a drain made with turf or peat.

    Turf hedge, a hedge or fence formed with turf and plants of different kinds.

    Turf house, a house or shed formed of turf, common in the northern parts of Europe.

    Turf moss a tract of turfy, mossy, or boggy land.

    Turf spade, a spade for cutting and digging turf, longer and narrower than the common spade.


n. (plural of turf English) vb. (en-third-person singular of: turf)

Usage examples of "turfs".

By making contact with the scattered clans whose turfs lay to the south of his station Izo hoped to establish with some precision where the 'arrowheads' had gone after passing over Benton Har-bout.

Here velvet turfs were planted in mosslike clusters around hillocks of stonegrass, and here the mounts had followed as the trail led upward toward the Ruby Highlands.

There are areas and aisles of low turfs which smolder but do not burn.

The outer gate was open, and a cart of turfs was being dragged in by a couple of peasants.

She placed the turfs about the charred hulk who had been the greatest and best of wizards.