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

Definition of earthen

1 : made of earth
2 : earthly

Examples of earthen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two of the members of the $1.5 million pre-design team, AECOM and RiverReach Construction, recently installed an emergency breach in the earthen dam to handle storm runoff. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 26 Apr. 2022 Another alarm went off last week after explosive vapors were detected outside the boundary of an earthen berm surrounding the tanks, Beauvais said. Elizabeth Harball, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Mar. 2022 Previous satellite images showed that, around military vehicles and artillery positions, the Russians had constructed protective earthen berms. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Instead of focusing on the most obvious architectural features around the site—heaps of bricks and earthen depressions marking the foundations and basements of Main Street—the archaeologists would focus on the Chinese neighborhood. Matt Stirn, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022 While the Blue Lagoon Village in Kos is most certainly beautiful with its earthen rooms and massive picture windows, the real star of the show here is the drop-dead gorgeous landscape. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2022 More tantalizing is an earthen dump at the northern edge of the Citadel mound, created by workers in the third century B.C. to level the surface for a Temple of Athena. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 The village at the Ocmulgee Mounds site once held a grand plaza that stood in the shadow of the Great Temple Mound, a massive nine-story earthen trapezoid built of countless baskets of soil carried uphill by thousands of laborers. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2022 Some radioactive and hazardous remains in the Idaho landfill that will receive an earthen cover. Keith Ridler, ajc, 3 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of earthen

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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