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 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 Another feature discovered by studying satellite imagery is the enlargement of an earthen berm near a missile test site. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Is North Korea's Nuclear Missile Sub Ready to Set Sail?," 19 Dec. 2016 In Egypt, as Mr. MacGregor shows, priests fashioned earthen figurines of the agriculture god Osiris, implanting them with seeds and burying them after each harvest to sprout new corn. Andrew Stark, WSJ, "‘Living With the Gods’ Review: The Gang’s All Here," 16 Nov. 2018 The Department of Environmental Quality said the earthen dam at one hog lagoon in Duplin County had breached, spilling its contents. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "1.7 million chickens drown as NC rivers swollen by Florence," 18 Sep. 2018 North Carolina officials also received reports of earthen dam breaches at hog lagoons, spilling out feces and urine. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "North Carolina dam at retired power plant breaches, may release coal ash into river," 21 Sep. 2018

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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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