middle-earth

noun

Definition of middle-earth 

: the earth regarded as situated between the upper and lower regions or as occupying the center of the universe

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History and Etymology for middle-earth

Middle English middelerthe, alteration (influenced by erthe earth) of midelerde, middelert, alteration (influenced by middel middle) of middenerd, from Old English middaneard, alteration (influenced by eard region, dwelling-place) of middangeard; akin to Old Saxon middilgard middle-earth, Old High German mittelgart, mittingart, Old Norse mithgarthr, Gothic midjungards; all from a prehistoric Germanic compound whose first constituent is akin to Old English midde mid and whose second constituent is akin to Old English geard yard, dwelling, land, world

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