Definition of earthen in US English:



  • 1attributive (of a floor or structure) made of compressed earth.

    ‘the hillside adjacent to the earthen dam’
    • ‘Without this mass of dams and earthen walls, the area would flood every spring just as Egypt's Nile Valley once did.’
    • ‘Water accumulation can cause straw bale walls to mildew and eventually decompose, and earthen walls to deteriorate and collapse.’
    • ‘She fell to the hard, earthen floor, tired and weak.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘How long I sat there, on the earthen floor of the Council Chambers, starring blindly at Kinwell, I can not say.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Village houses sit on the ground and have earthen floors.’
    • ‘King Makareus' soldiers entered the earthen halls of the pass of Pindae in the crevasse of the great towers of stone.’
    • ‘Paragon looked to see a smooth trail that diverted from the ravine, leading into the passive earthen walls.’
    • ‘‘Dimitri,’ whispered Bartholomew to the hulking form squatting in the center of the earthen room.’
    • ‘It is much more extensive and impressive than any of the other English earthen structures, and indeed than the other early European ones too.’
    • ‘Moussa's own residence in Yaamaa is a modest, earthen, terrace-roofed structure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Adjusting the variable focus beam of his flashlight revealed countless overlapping footprints on the earthen floor of the tunnel.’
    • ‘She rocks rapidly from side to side, head turning and feet drumming upon the earthen floor while she beats a tambourine rattle.’
    • ‘Torches lined the earthen walls every fifteen feet.’
    • ‘They dug ponds and built earthen dams called johads to trap monsoon rains.’
    1. 1.1 (of a pot) made of baked or fired clay.
      • ‘The next step in the procedure is to top up an earthen pot with water, preferably from a well.’
      • ‘The couple have to collect the herbs themselves and brew the concoctions in earthen pots on low flame.’
      • ‘Even for those who do not have a wide compound around their house, plants can be grown in earthen pots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An elderly man ran at him with a cry of fury and a large earthen pot raised over his head menacingly.’
      • ‘Fredrico smiled and drank the red wine from the earthen jug.’
      • ‘In Tamil Nadu, it's important to cook Pongal in a newly bought earthen pot.’
      • ‘Another option is an earthen chiminea, which is great for small outdoor fires.’
      • ‘I went indoors and filled a bowl of water from the earthen pitcher.’
      • ‘The plants were grown in earthen pots filled with soil supplemented with farmyard manure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jars of spices lined the shelves, with earthen pots full of flour and sugar.’
      • ‘In each room were a stone altar and earthen pots and bowls, and other things needed for the spells.’
      • ‘For ceramic work, she uses earthen pots, ashtrays, glass and PVC material.’
      • ‘He is doomed to remain poor despite being the world's best if he ‘specializes’ in making earthen pots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chutties or earthen pots are still used adding that special flavour to the curries.’
      • ‘Small earthen pots meant for puja were kept at the adjacent hall.’
      • ‘I take the earthen pot from the cabinet and fill it with water.’
      • ‘Take an earthen pitcher or any suitable container which should be clean and washed properly.’
    2. 1.2literary Relating to or characteristic of the earth or material existence.
      ‘the earthen world is but an imperfect mirror of the heavens’
      • ‘The tones were earthen, the lighting dim, the personas palpably real.’
      • ‘The thoughts of the earlier lesson make him almost want to return to his immature seasons in his earthen home.’
      • ‘He shuns Giotto's earthen solidity.’
      • ‘She tapped her snake against the ground, turning the serpent back into its earthen form.’
      • ‘She provides a break with her rougher, more earthen vocals on "I Don't Keep a Record".’