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kitchen midden

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noun
  1. a mound consisting of shells of edible mollusks and other refuse, marking the site of a prehistoric human habitation.
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Origin of kitchen midden

1860–65; translation of Danish kökkenmödding
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Related Words for kitchen midden

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Historical Examples of kitchen midden

  • Sir Banas, he comes in the night and makes them all alive at the back of our kitchen-midden,' piped the child.

    Kim

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Midden, mid′en, n. a heap of ashes or dung (see also Kitchen-midden).

  • Follet lived at the ramshackle hotel, owned by the ancient Dubois and managed, from roof to kitchen-midden, by Ching Po.

  • Whether they be remnants of an elevated sea-beach, or of some Indian ‘kitchen-midden,’ I dare not decide.

    At Last

    Charles Kingsley

  • From the kitchen-midden to the pinnacle of all that is great to-day extends a chain not a link of which is weak.

    The Story of Ab

    Stanley Waterloo


British Dictionary definitions for kitchen midden

kitchen midden

noun
  1. archaeol the site of a large mound of domestic refuse marking a prehistoric settlement: usually including bones, potsherds, seashells, etc
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