One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The earth, regarded figuratively as a ship travelling through the heavens, space, etc.
2Originally and chiefly Science Fiction. A spacecraft belonging to or originating from the planet earth.
3Originally and chiefly US. A type of house designed to have a minimal impact on the environment, characterized by extreme energy efficiency and the use of recycled and natural building materials such as used tyres packed with earth.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Annual Review and History of Literature. From earth + ship.
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