midden definition

  • noun:
    • A dunghill or refuse heap.
    • Archaeology A mound or deposit containing shells, animal bones, as well as other refuse that shows the site of a person settlement. Also referred to as kitchen midden.
    • A dungheap.
    • A refuse heap usually near a dwelling.
    • primitive pile of bones and shells.
    • A dunghill.
    • An accumulation of refuse about a dwelling location; particularly, an accumulation of shells or of cinders, bones, also refuse regarding the supposed site associated with the home locations of primitive tribes, -- as on the shores of this Baltic water plus other locations. See Kitchen middens.
    • A dunghill; a muck-heap; a receptacle for home refuse, ashes, etc. See midding. [Prov. Eng. and Scotch.] Particularly
    • A prehistoric muck-heap; a kitchenmidden.
    • (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
    • a heap of dung or refuse

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