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[ur-thuh n]
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  1. composed of earth.
  2. worldly.
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Origin of earthen

1175–1225; Middle English erthen, Old English eorthen. See earth, -en2
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dirt, mud, rock, stone, fictile

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adjective (prenominal)
  1. made of baked clayan earthen pot
  2. made of earth
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Word Origin and History for earthen


early 13c., "made of earth;" see earth + -en (2). Not attested in Old English (where eorðen meant "of or in the earth"). Cognate of Old High German irdin, Gothic airþeins. Meaning "made of clay" is attested from late 14c.

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