dead earth

dead earth

[¦ded ′ərth]
(electricity)
A connection between a line conductor and earth by means of a path of low resistance.
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The tulips poked up through the dead earth not unlike the tulips stitched into the decorative quilt that hung above the hospital bed where I gave birth.
And he describes the county as "a picture of dead earth in green and grey", although he was upbeat about his time there.
Gottlieb reverses the usual cosmological symbolism that depicts the sun as a generative force bringing life to the dead earth.