adjective /ˈərθən/
a) made of earth or mud

A hundred earthen dwellings stood on the margin of the lake...

b) made of clay (especially said of pottery)

... the Godfathers and Godmothers follow into the midst of the Church, where there is a small table ready set, and on it an earthen pot ful of warme water, ...

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  • earthen — earthen, earthly, earthy Earthen is used only in the physical sense ‘made of earth’ (either soil, or clay as in earthenware): • No city or government wants to build earthen structures or allow them to be built New Scientist, 1971. Earthly has two …   Modern English usage

  • Earthen — Earth en ([ e]rth n), a. Made of earth; made of burnt or baked clay, or other like substances; as, an earthen vessel or pipe. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earthen — (adj.) early 13c., made of earth; see EARTH (Cf. earth) + EN (Cf. en) (2). Not attested in O.E. (where eorðen meant of or in the earth ). Cognate of O.H.G. irdin, Goth. airþeins. Meaning made of clay is attested from late 14c …   Etymology dictionary

  • earthen — ► ADJECTIVE 1) made of compressed earth. 2) (of a pot) made of baked or fired clay …   English terms dictionary

  • earthen — [ʉrth′ən] adj. 1. made of earth or of baked clay 2. earthly …   English World dictionary

  • earthen — [[t]ɜ͟ː(r)ð(ə)n[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Earthen containers and objects are made of clay that is baked so that it becomes hard. earthen jar. Syn: earthenware 2) ADJ: ADJ n An earthen floor, bank, or mound is made of hard earth. Despite the mud… …   English dictionary

  • earthen — earth|en [ˈə:θən, ðən US ˈə:r ] adj [only before noun] 1.) an earthen floor or wall is made of soil 2.) an earthen pot etc is made of baked clay …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • earthen — earth|en [ ɜrθən ] adjective 1. ) made of clay: an earthen pot 2. ) made of dirt: an earthen floor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • earthen — adjective (only before noun) 1 an earthen pot, vase etc is made of baked clay 2 an earthen floor or wall is made of earth …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • earthen — UK [ˈɜː(r)θ(ə)n] / US [ˈɜrθən] adjective 1) made of earth an earthen floor 2) made of clay an earthen pot …   English dictionary

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