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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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.  --Shak. 
  The  Greek  historian  sets  her  in  the  field  on  a  high 
  heap  of  turves.  --Milton. 
  2.  Peat,  especially  when  prepared  for  fuel.  See  {Peat}. 
  3.  Race  course;  horse  racing;  --  preceded  by  the  ``We  .  .  . 
  claim  the  honors  of  the  turf.''  --Cowper. 
  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. 

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