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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.
People periodically congregated in one place over a long period, providing a symbolic powerbase in the landscape, at which the midden would have been the material embodiment of wealth and surplus.
He was a better leader than Nick Clegg, who was well named after a parasitic fly - he belongs in the political midden.
Bleak edged a 1-0 result at Sacre Coeur as REMYCA went nap without reply at Shakespeare United and St Ally's 40s drew 1-1 with Midden Vets, Yeats and McKenna the respective scorers.
Its midden home may look like a heap of sticks, but inside, what a floor plan.
At the third site, we found one scat containing pine seeds plus sign that a bear had broken apart southwestern white pine cones excavated from a larder horde in a midden made by red squirrels.
It could also tell us a bit about what happened here that brought the use of the We midden to an end.
Ryan Midden, the store's general manager, told the Boston Globe on Friday that customers seemed overwhemingly excited about the limited-edition flavour despite the misstep.
Archaeologists summarize the excavations in a forested shell midden in the San Juan Island National Historical Park near the shore of Garrison Bay and adjacent to the glaciated upland.
Both sides struggle to perform with any consistency but the Tigers should be too strong on their own midden.
Mowat, Fiona 1995 Variability in western Arnhem Land shell midden deposits, unpublished master's thesis, Department of Anthropology, Northern Territory University.