• WordNet 3.6
    • n earth-closet a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n earth-closet A night-stool, or some convenience of that kind, in which the feces are received and covered by dry earth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Earth-closet a system consisting of the application of earth to the deodorisation of fæcal matters
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eorthe; cf. Dut. aarde, Ger. erde.


In literature:

Perhaps some silent thinker among us is at work in his closet whose name is to fill the earth.
"Successful Methods of Public Speaking" by Grenville Kleiser
It is clear from these facts that any earth-closet manure a farmer would be likely to purchase in the city has not a very high value.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
Earth closets and privy vaults should be treated with lime, crude creolin or crude carbolic acid at frequent intervals.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The earth used in the closet is a porous material, sufficiently dry for the free admission of air or of oxygen.
"Village Improvements and Farm Villages" by George E. Waring
No earth closets or human or animal waste should be in the neighborhood of the well.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The smaller and older houses, however, mostly have earth-closets.
"The Truth About America" by Edward Money
Let whoever can do better; but meantime let us welcome and diffuse the Earth Closet.
"What I know of farming:" by Horace Greeley
Henry Moule, the inventor of the earth-closet.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various