From deep within, looking up at the tropical sky is like staring through the dome of some kind of earthen cathedral.
The earthen ground floor was reserved for crop storage and the occasional chicken or other small animal.
early 13c., "made of earth;" see earth + -en (2). Not attested in Old English (where eorðen meant "of or in the earth"). Cognate of Old High German irdin, Gothic airþeins. Meaning "made of clay" is attested from late 14c.