אֶרֶץ erets
The Hebrew word often translated as "earth" is "erets," but is more frequently translated as "land" which is the more literal meaning of the word. The word erets may refer to land in general or a specific piece of land, or region, such as in the "land of Israel." This word comes from the root "rats" (Strong's 7518) meaning "fragment." When a clay pot is broken it is not wasted. The broken fragments, called ostracon, are commonly used for writing letters, receipts, messages, etc

Strong's: #776

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