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clod

[kläd]
(agriculture)
A compact mass of soil, ranging from about 0.2 to 10 inches (0.5 to 25 centimeters) in size, which is produced by plowing and digging of excessively wet or dry soil.
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So the man took off his hat, and put him down on a clod of earth, in a ploughed field by the side of the road.
Poised in her right hand was a third clod, which, seeing that there was now no need for its services, she allowed to fall to the ground.
Some of the adults lay prone upon the soft mat of dead and decaying vegetation which covered the ground, while others turned over pieces of fallen branches and clods of earth in search of the small bugs and reptiles which formed a part of their food.
Flushing had represented the vigorous and abrupt fling of the earth up into the air; you could almost see the clods flying as it whirled.
She seemed to see him - and it was one much younger than herself that she saw - covered with snow, kicking clods of it from his boots, his hands swollen and chapped with sand and wet.
Not fifty yards away from him something fell in the Park, and all around him lumps of gravel and clods of earth fell in a shower.
Beeson's buffet produced no effect, and after a moment's pause, during which the wind thundered in the chimney like the sound of clods upon a coffin, he resumed:
The uniform brownness of the harrowed field glowed with a rosy tinge, as though the powdered clods had sweated out in minute pearls of blood the toil of uncounted ploughmen.
He pelted her with clods and rocks, but she swam steadily on till she got the stick of "giant" in her mouth, when she whirled about and headed for shore.
The earth in the cart, with which the seed was mixed, was not crushed to powder, but crusted together or adhering in clods.
After this came the falling clods and all the solemn sounds of filling a grave.
Then, also, the augury of ill-success, uttered from the sure wisdom of experience, fell upon her half-dead hope like a clod into a grave.