kitchen midden
noun Date: 1863 a refuse heap; specifically a mound marking the site of a primitive human habitation

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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 — 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 …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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