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[ur-thuh n] /ˈɜr θən/
composed of earth.
Origin of earthen
1175-1225; Middle English erthen, Old English eorthen. See earth, -en2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • How about who ever let the aluminum plant build an above ground, open air, storage pool held in only by an earthen wall.
  • For some of the poorest people, they had proposed a building erected quickly and affordably out of earthen blocks.
  • Outside, a large earthen vat is stationed beneath old playground equipment.
  • Turn into an earthen pudding-dish, cover, and cook slowly three and one-half hours.
  • Each returns to his degree in the scale of good society, porcelain remains porcelain, and earthen earthen.
  • They may be baked in buttered earthen cups, when the bottom will have a glazed appearance.
  • Living here gives you the sense of being aboard an earthen lifeboat, uneasily floating on a sea of fire.
  • The best are encased in flaky puff pastry and baked on the walls of an earthen kiln instead of an oven.
  • Now they can feed their children more meat, pay their school fees, and replace the earthen floors of their huts with concrete.
  • The earthen tanks are used to hold channeled rainwater and aid its return to the groundwater system.
British Dictionary definitions for earthen


adjective (prenominal)
made of baked clay: an earthen pot
made of earth
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Word Origin and History for earthen

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.

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