divot

A divot is a little chunk of grass or turf that gets dug out of the ground. Playing golf creates many divots.

Have you ever seen a lawn that is perfectly maintained and smooth? That's a piece of ground without any divots. A divot is a little piece of the earth that flies up when something sharp hits it, like an animal's sharp hooves. The chunk of earth is a divot, and the cavity left behind is also called a divot. The cleats of football players and the powerful swings of golf players both result in divots.

Definitions of divot
  1. noun
    a piece of turf dug out of a lawn or fairway (by an animals hooves or a golf club)
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    type of:
    greensward, sod, sward, turf
    surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
  2. noun
    (golf) the cavity left when a piece of turf is cut from the ground by the club head in making a stroke
    “it was a good drive but the ball ended up in a divot
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    type of:
    cavity, pit
    a sizable hole (usually in the ground)
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