soil etymology

English word soil comes from Old French (842-ca. 1400) saouler

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Detailed word origin of soil

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
saouler Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
soil English (eng) To feed, as cattle or horses, in the barn or an enclosure, with fresh grass or green food cut for them, instead of sending them out to pasture; hence (such food having the effect of purging them), to purge by feeding on green food.