midden(redirected from Shell-heap)
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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]
1. a dunghill or refuse heap.
[1300–50; Middle English midding < Old Norse, =myk manure + dyngja pile]
midden- 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.
Middenan accumulation of refuse, especially from a prehistoric kitchen fire; a dunghill, manure heap, 1375.
Example: midden of ashes, 1667.
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|Noun||1.||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
|2.||midden - a heap of dung or refuse|