earthen

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

Definition of earthen

1 : made of earth

Examples of earthen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the week before Christmas 2019, commuters on I-696 in Madison Heights were startled by a fluorescent green chemical ooze weeping from a concrete retaining wall along an earthen embankment, the substance puddling on the freeway's shoulder. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Most of Michigan's 24,000 contaminated sites await cleanup that might never come," 20 Dec. 2020 The new levee system also requires that both design and construction materials used for earthen levees and concrete structures will withstand overtopping from 500-year storm surges. Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com, "Tulane study: Corps can elevate New Orleans levees to 200-year levels without OK from Congress," 24 Nov. 2020 The next-biggest is $65 million in construction funding to turn up to 624 acres of open water to marsh near Bayou Grand Cheniere in Plaquemines Parish, and to create an earthen ridge about 2.3 miles long next to Jefferson Canal. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "$234M in BP spill money approved for 5 wetlands projects in 2 parishes," 26 Nov. 2020 The ponds in question hold a slurry of water and coal ash in an earthen pit. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "A Louisiana utility hopes to get more time to close its 4 coal ash ponds under a new rollback," 4 Dec. 2020 Playing the game of teen patti (three aces), which is similar to poker, is as much a part of Diwali traditions as lighting earthen lamps and exchanging gifts. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Coronavirus has nothing on India’s Diwali cards party spirit," 29 Oct. 2020 The Prince of Pückler-Muskau created an earthen pyramid on his estate as his last resting place. Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘A World Beneath the Sands’ Review: Pyramid Fever," 23 Oct. 2020 As for the color scheme, the hotel explained the villas come in earthen tones, and the interiors are painted in light blues and greens, meant to mimic the scene outside. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "The Largest Overwater Bungalows in the World Come With Private Pools and Waterslides," 29 Sep. 2020 Indeed, federal authorities two years before its collapse had deemed the Edenville Dam, an earthen berm built for hydropower in 1924, inadequate to handle heavy rains and in need of upgrade. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "One solution to America’s dam-safety problem: Remove them," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of earthen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Earthen.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earthen. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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earthen

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How to pronounce earthen (audio) How to pronounce earthen (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of earthen

: made of earth or of baked clay

earthen

adjective
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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