• WordNet 3.6
    • adj earthen made of earth (or baked clay) "an earthen pot"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Earthen ẽrth"'n Made of earth; made of burnt or baked clay, or other like substances; as, an earthen vessel or pipe.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • earthen Made of earth; made of clay or other earthy substance: as, an earthen vessel.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Earthen made of earth or clay: earthly
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  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “Mankind are earthen jugs with spirits in them.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. eorthe; cf. Dut. aarde, Ger. erde.


In literature:

The first species of fortification among the ancients was of course very simple, consisting merely of an earthen mound, or palisades.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
We were so tired that directly after supper we laid down upon the mats spread on the damp earthen floor.
"In Indian Mexico (1908)" by Frederick Starr
On the Continent many contrivances are resorted to, such as covering the heads with wooden or earthen pipes.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
The big holes with their earthen rims began to dot the fields in many places.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
When this has continued until scum no longer arises, it is evaporated and then transferred to earthen jars.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 561, October 2, 1886" by Various
By April it has become fully grown and pupates in an earthen chamber a few inches below the surface.
"The Life-Story of Insects" by Geo. H. Carpenter
A large earthen bowl is made especially for the purpose.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
Take four Gallons of running water, and boil it a quarter of an hour, and put it in an earthen vessel, and let it stand all night.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
An earthen pitcher was sinking into the black depths; There was no rope to pull it to the well-head.
"More Translations from the Chinese" by Various
It should be fed entirely fresh, and the crocks or earthen dishes from which it is eaten should be thoroughly cleansed each day.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
The counterscarp was simply an earthen slope, easy to descend.
"Forty-one years in India" by Frederick Sleigh Roberts
She rose from her earthen chair; she moved as if to leave the place; then she stood still.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
But that which demonstrates the humidity of the climate most strikingly is the number of earthen sponges or oozes met with.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume I (of 2), 1866-1868" by David Livingstone
The gold is melted in a piece of a priuk or earthen rice-pot, or sometimes in a crucible of their own making, of common clay.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
An hour after Rhoda had spitted the game, John sighed with contentment as he looked at the pile of bones beside his earthen bowl.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
You have given Me wine in costly crystal goblets, although I am accustomed to drink out of earthen vessels.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
On the hard earthen floor rest eight or ten great casks.
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
This indicates, too, why the basket-bottle was not displaced by the earthen bottle.
"A Study of Pueblo Pottery as Illustrative of Zui Culture Growth." by Frank Hamilton Cushing
A superior grade is the "khamali," who carries upon his back a large earthen pot of filtered water.
"Peeps at Many Lands: Egypt" by R. Talbot Kelly
We are but earthen vessels; the excellency of the power is of God.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker

In poetry:

The door stands wide, the church is bare,
Oh, horror, ghastly, sore!
A gulf of death, with hideous stare,
Yawns in the earthen floor;
"A Book of Dreams: Part II" by George MacDonald
Some flaws the earthen vessel marred,
Which all could clearly see;
Within was found the precious nard;
From guile his heart was free.
"A True Man" by Joseph Horatio Chant
"When there surged on the sky on earthen wave,
And stones, and men, as though
Some rebel churchyard crew updrave
Their sepulchres from below.
"Leipzig" by Thomas Hardy
What then is man, but vapour, smoke, or grass,
(Although the best and bravest of his kind)
Froth, or a flow'r, a piece of ice, or glass,
An earthen vessel, or a puff of wind?
"A Memento Mori -- Or Remember Death" by Rees Prichard
Until worn out by fatigue, towards a ruinous hut she did creep,
And there she lay down on the earthen Roor, and fell asleep,
And as a herd boy by chance was passing by,
He looked into the hut and the body of Margaret he did espy.
"John Rouat the Fisherman" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the younger hermit was saddened and he said, "It grieves
me, Brother, that thou shouldst leave me. But if thou must needs
go, so be it," and he brought the earthen bowl and gave it to him
saying, "We cannot divide it, Brother, let it be thine."
"The Two Hermits" by Khalil Gibran

In news:

This 2.1 mile walk is in the upstream end of the Glendale Narrows, a favorite stretch of the L.A. River because it retains a soft, earthen bottom.
'Survivalist' murder suspect goes to ground in huge earthen ' bug out ' bunker.
But for some, the end game is one of their own making, as seems to be the case with accused murderer Peter Keller, holed up in an earthen fort.
The Bible refers to us as earthen, or frail, human vessels (see 2 Cor.
'Survivalist' murder suspect goes to ground in huge earthen 'bug out' bunker.
On September 19, 1997, the New York Times announced the discovery of a group of earthen mounds in northeastern Louisiana.
From the shore of this town west of Leningrad , a sand and earthen breakwater stretches across the Gulf of Finland to within a mile of the other side.
It is actually two earthen dams, a main one that is 185 feet high and an auxiliary one that sits on higher ground and is 100 feet high.
SOIL SPEAKS Lint in samples from an ancient earthen floor in Ashkelon, Israel, revealed that clay cylinders found there were loom weights.
Indian Hindu women hold trays filled with earthen lamps during Diwali, the festival of lights , in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012.
Army Corps of Engineers will have spent about $13 billion to upgrade and rebuild the system of earthen walls and levees that protects New Orleans -- about half of which is below sea level.
One of the three waterfalls between the Spanish Lakes flows over earthen dams, providing picturesque scenes from the lake walking trails DAVID MIDDLECAMP — Buy Photo.
Pool Party, the latest album from Atlanta's Ponderosa , bursts with neo-psychedelic sounds, amorphous guitars and earthen harmonies.
Bluestone Porcelain Stone features a field of soft earthen tones enhanced by fossil-like impressions and the subtle pearlescence of embedded shells.
Designed for 100-year storms, the new dam has a double concrete weir and earthen embankments.

In science:

The origninal neutrino line at Fermilab, which had an earthen “berm” sufficient to stop muons up to 200 GeV/c, had to be reinforced with 20 m of lead and 140 m of steel shielding following upgrades of the accelerator complex to run at 800-900 GeV proton energy .
Accelerator Neutrino Beams