Sod is grass and the layer of soil that's just below it. When you step onto a grassy soccer field, your cleats will sink into the sod.

You can also call sod "turf." A green, grassy lawn is covered with sod, and if you plant a yard with brand new sod, you sod it. Experts know that sod comes either from a Middle Dutch or Middle Low German root, but beyond that it's a bit of a mystery. Some guesses connect it to sog, from the idea of wet sod saturated with water—or soggy sod.

Definitions of sod
  1. noun
    surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
    synonyms: greensward, sward, turf
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    a piece of turf dug out of a lawn or fairway (by an animals hooves or a golf club)
    type of:
    ground, land, soil
    material in the top layer of the surface of the earth in which plants can grow (especially with reference to its quality or use)
  2. verb
    cover with sod
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  3. noun
    someone who engages in sodomy
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    type of:
    degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert
    a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
  4. noun
    an informal British term for a youth or man
    “the poor sod couldn't even buy a drink”
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    type of:
    bozo, cat, guy, hombre
    an informal term for a youth or man
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