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Earsh (noun) (Old English: ersc) was used in South and West England to describe a stubble field in which a grain crop – wheat, barley or rye - had been harvested, leaving short stubble or short stalks. It is frequently pronounced "ash". It is written also as arrish, arish, or ersh. The field is prepared for seeding by plowing the stubble into the ground, or burning.
Noah Webster describes earsh as a plowed (sic) field linking it to arrish, but also to eadish which is described as latter pasture of grass that comes after mowing or reaping, called also eargrass, earsh, and etch.
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- Webster’s 1828 Dictionary
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