kitchen midden


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kitchen midden

n.
1. A mound or deposit of kitchen refuse.
2. Archaeology See midden.

kitchen midden

n
(Archaeology) archaeol the site of a large mound of domestic refuse marking a prehistoric settlement: usually including bones, potsherds, seashells, etc

kitch′en mid`den


n.
a mound consisting of shells of edible mollusks and other refuse, marking the site of a prehistoric human habitation.
[1860–65; translation of Dan køkkenmødding]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kitchen midden - (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlementkitchen midden - (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
References in classic literature ?
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.
Located about 5 miles south of Horseshoe Beach at the southern end of Horseshoe Cove, mile-long Shired Island is likely an ancient kitchen midden composed of discarded shells.