kitchen midden
n. [Dan. kjokkenmodding; kitchen leavings]
The kitchen refuse heap of sea shells and bones of ancient dwellings along the coast of northern Europe, eastern and western United States, and many parts of the world.

Online Dictionary of Invertebrate Zoology. . 2005.

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  • kitchen midden — n. [transl. of Dan køkkenmødding: see MIDDEN] a mound of shells, animal bones, and other accumulated refuse discarded by a prehistoric settlement, esp. from the Mesolithic period …   English World dictionary

  • kitchen midden — noun (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement • Syn: ↑eitchen midden, ↑midden • Topics: ↑archeology, ↑archaeology • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • kitchen midden — /kɪtʃən ˈmɪdn/ (say kichuhn midn) noun → midden (def. 2). {translation of Danish kökkenmödding} …   Australian English dictionary

  • kitchen midden — noun Date: 1863 a refuse heap; specifically a mound marking the site of a primitive human habitation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kitchen midden — a mound consisting of shells of edible mollusks and other refuse, marking the site of a prehistoric human habitation. [1860 65; trans. of Dan kökkenmödding] * * * …   Universalium

  • kitchen midden — noun a prehistoric refuse heap marking an ancient settlement …   English new terms dictionary

  • kitchen midden — kitch′en mid den n. ara a mound consisting of shells of edible mollusks and other refuse, marking the site of a prehistoric human habitation • Etymology: 1860–65; trans. of Dan køkkenmødding …   From formal English to slang

  • kitchen-midden — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Midden — Kitchen midden at Elizabeth Island, Strait of Magellan as excavated by the Albatross party with the Albatross at anchor …   Wikipedia

  • midden — (n.) mid 14c., dung hill, of Scandinavian origin; Cf. Dan. mèdding, from mèg muck (see MUCK (Cf. muck) (n.)) + dynge heap of dung (see DUNG (Cf. dung)). Modern archaeological sense of kitchen midden is from Danish excavations …   Etymology dictionary

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