earth·en | \ˈər-thən, -t͟hən \

Definition of earthen 

1 : made of earth

2 : earthly

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Photo by Jenny Staletovicch The lake is ringed by an aging earthen dike that in 2008 was found to be in imminent danger of failing. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Political muscle halts release of Lake O's foul water. The reprieve won't last long," 9 July 2018 Archaeologists have searched for traces of the colony, but more than a century of digging has turned up only the remains of a small workshop and an earthen fort that may have been built later. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: toxic toads, three-parent babies in Singapore, and the hunt for the Lost Colony," 8 June 2018 During the early evening of March 25, an earthen levee gave way. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "RetroIndy: 1913 floods," 22 Mar. 2016 On Thursday, the Army Corps’ Jacksonville office said that $514.2 million is heading toward repair of the Herbert Hoover Dike, which is basically a 30-foot-high earthen structure that surrounds the lake. Victoria Ballard,, "Gov. Scott declares state of emergency over algae bloom," 9 July 2018 The Army Corps’ Jacksonville office said Thursday that $514.2 million is heading toward repair of the dike, which is basically a 30-foot-high earthen structure that surrounds the lake. Jim Turner,, "Herbert Hoover Dike repairs get $514.2 million boost in federal funding," 6 July 2018 After heavy rains, the Army Corps of Engineers released millions of gallons to relieve pressure on the lake's old earthen dam. Manuel Bojorquez, CBS News, "Toxic algae a slimy mess for Florida's Lake Okeechobee," 6 July 2018 The clambake tradition belongs mostly to New England, where Indian tribes dating back more than 2,000 years cooked seafood in large earthen pits lined with searing-hot rocks and covered with seaweed and sand. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Start a tradition with a Bodega beach clambake," 11 May 2018 In 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James E. Chaney were slain in Philadelphia, Miss.; their bodies were found in an earthen dam six weeks later., "This day in history," 20 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of earthen

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

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