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noun: The grassy surface of land: turf.
From Old English sweard (skin, rind).
"While one man's six might bring cheers from the crowd, it brings fear for Mike Robins and his neighbours. They live next to the green sward of Alphington Cricket Club."
Neighbours 'Under Siege' From Cricket Club's Hard And High Balls; Express & Echo (Exeter, UK); Aug 5, 2010.
My father and his family arrived at Ellis Island from Poltava, Russia, c. 1902 and their Russian surname, "Swarloff" was changed to the more American, (green) sward.
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