1) Used of soft barren ground although perhaps originally ground covered with decaying vegetation.

1562 in the same Intake there nether [sic] was ... any moorishe, weet sobbed or rotten ground but ... always hayth bene a good and fair ground meet for gyrs [grass] and corne, Rawdon. In 1682, Thoresby wrote thence over the rotten Moors for many miles without anything observable.

places Rawdon
dates 1562

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