middens

midden

[mid-n]
noun
1.
a dunghill or refuse heap.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English midding < Old Danish mykdyngja, equivalent to myk manure + dyngja pile (Danish mødding)

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midden (ˈmɪdən)
 
n
1.  a.  archaic, dialect or a dunghill or pile of refuse
 b.  dialect a dustbin
 c.  dialect (Northern English) an earth closet
2.  See kitchen midden
 
[C14: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mödding from mögmuck + dynge pile]

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midden
"dung hill," mid-14c., of Scandinavian origin; cf. Dan. mødding, from møg "muck" + dynge "heap, dung." Modern archaeological sense of "kitchen midden" is from Danish excavations.
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