earth·​en | \ ˈər-thən How to pronounce earthen (audio) , -t͟hən How to pronounce earthen (audio) \

Definition of earthen

1 : made of earth
2 : earthly

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The trail will follow the southern banks of the brook and pass through an earthen dam before ending in a large clearing — which will become a parking area — along House Street near the overpass of Route 2 and south of Nye Road. Peter Marteka,, "Summer projects scheduled in Glastonbury include multiuse trail construction, oil pier removal," 10 June 2019 When a tract of dry, thorny tropical forest was cleared to make way for pasture, a strange moonscape of single-story conical earthen mounds was revealed—200 million of them in fact, spaced at regular intervals as though manmade. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 At the protests, Palestinians burn tires, hurl rocks and sometimes firebombs at Israeli forces and snipers perched atop earthen mounds behind the boundary fence. Fox News, "Gaza protests escalate after deal to ease blockade fails," 19 Sep. 2018 Today, 80 out of 120 earthen mounds dating from A.D. 1050 to 1200 still exist, including the 100-foot-tall Monks Mound, the largest earthwork in North America and the only mound visitors can climb. Andrea Sachs,, "This summer, stop by the 23 U.S. locales that have risen to become UNESCO World Heritage sites," 4 May 2018 The first castles were merely earthen heaps surrounded by a wooden palisade wall. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Storm a Castle," 11 Apr. 2019 Inside an earthen embankment, the Aubrey Holes formed a wide circle around a central open space. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 Authorities testified during the hearing about the tires, wooden pallets and earthen walls that made up the compound. Fox News, "The Latest: New Mexico judge receives threats after ruling," 15 Aug. 2018 Levees are permanent earthen barriers designed to protect low areas from rising floodwaters. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Mississippi River Neighbors Battle Over Levee Heights," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of earthen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of earthen

: made of earth or of baked clay


earth·​en | \ ˈər-thən How to pronounce earthen (audio) \

Kids Definition of earthen

: made of earth or of baked clay an earthen dam an earthen jar

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