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earthwork

[urth-wurk] /ˈɜrθˌwɜrk/
noun
1.
excavation and piling of earth in connection with an engineering operation.
2.
Military. a construction formed chiefly of earth for protection against enemy fire, used in both offensive and defensive operations.
3.
an artistic work that consists of a large-scale alteration or modification of an area of land in a configuration designed by an artist or of an artist's sculptural installation, as in a museum or gallery, of soil, rock, or similar elemental materials.
Origin of earthwork
1625-1635
1625-35; earth + work
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  • The mask also points to how early Smithson came to the main motif of his most famous work, the “Spiral Jetty” earthwork from 1970.

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earthwork

/ˈɜːθˌwɜːk/
noun
1.
excavation of earth, as in engineering construction
2.
a fortification made of earth
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Word Origin and History for earthwork
n.

1630s, from earth + work (n.). In this sense Old English had eorðbyrig; Old English eorðweorc meant "work on the land."

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