Definition of earthen in English:

earthen

adjective

  • 1[attributive] (of a floor or structure) made of compressed earth:

    ‘earthen mounds’
    • ‘Without this mass of dams and earthen walls, the area would flood every spring just as Egypt's Nile Valley once did.’
    • ‘She rocks rapidly from side to side, head turning and feet drumming upon the earthen floor while she beats a tambourine rattle.’
    • ‘‘Dimitri,’ whispered Bartholomew to the hulking form squatting in the center of the earthen room.’
    • ‘King Makareus' soldiers entered the earthen halls of the pass of Pindae in the crevasse of the great towers of stone.’
    • ‘I was amazed; here was an earthen structure created by the ancient Cahokians that looked like a huge hill covered in bright green grass whose edges were virtually straight.’
    • ‘Moussa's own residence in Yaamaa is a modest, earthen, terrace-roofed structure.’
    • ‘How long I sat there, on the earthen floor of the Council Chambers, starring blindly at Kinwell, I can not say.’
    • ‘She fell to the hard, earthen floor, tired and weak.’
    • ‘Adjusting the variable focus beam of his flashlight revealed countless overlapping footprints on the earthen floor of the tunnel.’
    • ‘Torches lined the earthen walls every fifteen feet.’
    • ‘She smiled at them and motioned towards the slumped figure of an old man, sitting on the earthen floor with his back to the wall of the cave.’
    • ‘Water accumulation can cause straw bale walls to mildew and eventually decompose, and earthen walls to deteriorate and collapse.’
    • ‘About 300 stone blocks of decorative granite were used in the outer wall surrounding the earthen dome, the central staircase, and the hallway leading into the inner chambers.’
    • ‘Uncommon in the U.S., it can be used in mild climates to create thin earthen walls, but lacks the thermal mass or insulation desirable in other climates.’
    • ‘Rain soon began its signature dance on the wooden shingle roof as she lifted a wooden floor panel, revealing a shallow earthen chamber containing potatoes.’
    • ‘Village houses sit on the ground and have earthen floors.’
    • ‘Paragon looked to see a smooth trail that diverted from the ravine, leading into the passive earthen walls.’
    • ‘In the hills above the city, the industrial elite of nearby Pittsburgh had built a private resort, including an artificial lake contained by a poorly designed and ill-maintained earthen dam.’
    • ‘They dug ponds and built earthen dams called johads to trap monsoon rains.’
    • ‘It is much more extensive and impressive than any of the other English earthen structures, and indeed than the other early European ones too.’
    1. 1.1 (of a pot) made of baked or fired clay:
      ‘on shelves sat earthen jugs’
      • ‘In Tamil Nadu, it's important to cook Pongal in a newly bought earthen pot.’
      • ‘From the humble earthen pot to fancy shapes in clay designed to appeal to the connoisseur… the fair seeks to impress from the word go.’
      • ‘Small earthen pots meant for puja were kept at the adjacent hall.’
      • ‘An elderly man ran at him with a cry of fury and a large earthen pot raised over his head menacingly.’
      • ‘The relatively longer longevity of Asians who traditionally used earthen pots as cooking vessels is said to have sparked off research into the properties of clay.’
      • ‘In each room were a stone altar and earthen pots and bowls, and other things needed for the spells.’
      • ‘Some of the plants were in the seedling stage, with their roots encased in soil contained in plastic bags, while the larger plants stood in earthen pots.’
      • ‘The next step in the procedure is to top up an earthen pot with water, preferably from a well.’
      • ‘Take an earthen pitcher or any suitable container which should be clean and washed properly.’
      • ‘The plants were grown in earthen pots filled with soil supplemented with farmyard manure.’
      • ‘Jars of spices lined the shelves, with earthen pots full of flour and sugar.’
      • ‘Another option is an earthen chiminea, which is great for small outdoor fires.’
      • ‘Chutties or earthen pots are still used adding that special flavour to the curries.’
      • ‘Fredrico smiled and drank the red wine from the earthen jug.’
      • ‘I went indoors and filled a bowl of water from the earthen pitcher.’
      • ‘The couple have to collect the herbs themselves and brew the concoctions in earthen pots on low flame.’
      • ‘He is doomed to remain poor despite being the world's best if he ‘specializes’ in making earthen pots.’
      • ‘For ceramic work, she uses earthen pots, ashtrays, glass and PVC material.’
      • ‘I take the earthen pot from the cabinet and fill it with water.’
      • ‘Even for those who do not have a wide compound around their house, plants can be grown in earthen pots.’
    2. 1.2literary Relating to or characteristic of the earth or material existence:
      ‘the earthen world is but an imperfect mirror of the heavens’

Pronunciation

earthen

/ˈəːθ(ə)n/