field capacity

field capacity
noun
the maximum amount of water that a particular soil can hold
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noun
: the water-retaining capacity of a soil usually including both the hygroscopic and capillary water of the soil and being expressed as a percentage of the dry weight of the soil

a silty loam with a field capacity of 35 percent

— called also field moisture capacity

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field capacity noun (geology)
The water-retaining capacity of soil
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