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1. A dunghill or refuse heap.
2. Archaeology A mound or deposit containing shells, animal bones, and other refuse that indicates the site of a human settlement. Also called kitchen midden.

[Middle English midding, of Scandinavian origin.]


a. archaic or dialect a dunghill or pile of refuse
b. dialect a dustbin
c. Northern English dialect an earth closet
2. (Archaeology) See kitchen midden
[C14: from Scandinavian; compare Danish mödding from mög muck + dynge pile]


(ˈmɪd n)

1. a dunghill or refuse heap.
[1300–50; Middle English midding < Old Norse, =myk manure + dyngja pile]


- Traces back to Scandinavian forms mog, "muck," and dynge, "heap," and first meant "dunghill" before it denoted a prehistoric or historic refuse heap.
See also related terms for heap.


 an accumulation of refuse, especially from a prehistoric kitchen fire; a dunghill, manure heap, 1375.
Example: midden of ashes, 1667.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.midden - (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlementmidden - (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
dumpsite, garbage dump, rubbish dump, trash dump, wasteyard, waste-yard, dump - a piece of land where waste materials are dumped
2.midden - a heap of dung or refuse
cumulation, heap, pile, agglomerate, cumulus, mound - a collection of objects laid on top of each other


[ˈmɪdn] Nmuladar m


n (Archeol) → Muschelhaufen m; (dial) (= dustbin)Mülleimer m; (= rubbish dump)Müll m
References in classic literature ?
At last the fat man seemed to weary of it, for he set to work quietly upon his meal, while his opponent, as proud as the rooster who is left unchallenged upon the midden, crowed away in a last long burst of quotation and deduction.
The wooden dining-room stuck out over the mud of the shore like a lacustrine dwelling; the planks of the floor seemed rotten; a decrepit old waiter tottered pathetically to and fro before an antediluvian and worm-eaten sideboard; the chipped plates might have been disinterred from some kitchen midden near an inhab ited lake; and the chops recalled times more ancient still.
During the campaign, seven North East venues will host special fundraising gigs which will see acts such as The Lake Poets, Lilliput, The Middens, Velvoir.
The contractor, Fulton Hogan HEB Joint Venture was laying a culvert in the area when they uncovered middens.
Also noteworthy is the low frequency of sea mammals, which make up only 1% to 9% of the identified mammals, with the lowest numbers in the middens and higher proportions in the feature interiors.
Condi-tions at the Black Middens were dangerous, with strong winds and heavy seas breaking over the rocks.
Inside middens Skopec has found an old underwear band, a silvery ring, shotgun shells, a coyote paw, Doritos bags and much more.
Although fish, crayfish, and frogs have been documented at muskrat feeding platforms (O'Neil, 1949; Bellrose, 1950), our examination of middens and observation of muskrats feeding did not reveal any evidence of predation on those food items.
Excavations at previously unknown archaeological sites in the Bolivian lowlands have exposed three middens (forested earthen mounds, also known as forest islands) produced by human hunters as early as 10,000 years ago, archaeologists have revealed.
Retrospectively, we did not find it surprising that black bears consumed seeds (southwestern white pine) in cones excavated from middens made by red squirrels at the sites.
Once clipped, the foliage drops to the ground where Red Squirrels can immediately forage on buds or cones or collect and cache the forage in nearby middens for later use (Fig.
I was fascinated to learn about Brian Chase's research into past climates using rock hyrax middens (I'm a geographer, February 2011).