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Midden   Listen
noun
Midden  n.  (Also midding)  
1.
A dunghill. (Prov. Eng.)
2.
An accumulation of refuse about a dwelling place; especially, an accumulation of shells or of cinders, bones, and other refuse on the supposed site of the dwelling places of prehistoric tribes, as on the shores of the Baltic Sea and in many other places. See Kitchen middens.






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"Midden" Quotes from Famous Books



... them too. Sir Banas, he comes in the night and makes them all alive at the back of our kitchen-midden,' piped the child. ...
— Kim • Rudyard Kipling

... it has often been a pleasure to me to leave my easel at four o'clock and prepare to meet my practical City patrons "on their own midden" at "5.30 for 6." ...
— The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2) • Harry Furniss

... attest. At that period of the year it was exceedingly malodorous, and in the gutters tangle-headed children fished for spoil, or with noise and clangour dragged the damaged dead cat and the too-long-drowned puppy from the green ooze of one midden hole ...
— Patsy • S. R. Crockett

... following day I gave Commandant Van Aard the order to go to his district (Midden Valsch River) in order to give his burghers an opportunity of getting their clothes washed, and of obtaining fresh horses, if any were to be had. For although the enemy already had begun to burn ...
— Three Years' War • Christiaan Rudolf de Wet

... came, or how they departed, no one knows. Every hamlet throughout Shetland is called a toun. The cottages composing them are very far from attractive-looking edifices, generally built of mud, of one storey, and thatched; with a midden on one side of the door, and a pool of a very doubtful colour and contents on the other. The insides were often large and clean, and tidy enough, and in such I found many of my ...
— Will Weatherhelm - The Yarn of an Old Sailor • W.H.G. Kingston

... into a laugh. "At last! Gentlemen, I congratulate you. The doctor is honouring us with a visit! Cursed reptile!" he shrieked, and stamped in a frenzy such as had never been seen in the ward before. "Kill the reptile! No, killing's too good. Drown him in the midden-pit!" ...
— The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories • Anton Chekhov

... Knight took the child, and wrapped him in a cover-point of silk, and bore him down toward the sea. But therewith had he pity of the child, and said that by him should he never be drowned; so he left him, all wrapped up as he was, on a midden before the gate of a certain abbey of monks, who at that very nick of time were ...
— Old French Romances • William Morris

... up, the water still running off her frock upon the slates, her moist eyes resting beyond the window on the midden-heap across the yard, as if she saw there the picture ...
— I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales • Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

... mouth a very finely-colored pipe—a technical phrase to a smoker—a humble, short clay pipe of the kind called "brule-queule." He lifted the peak of a dreadfully greasy cloth cap, saw Derville, and came straight across the midden to join his benefactor the sooner, calling out in friendly tones ...
— Colonel Chabert • Honore de Balzac

... made up in enthusiasm what they lacked in science, and by five o'clock the pig was cut up and distributed through a score of homes. Every trace of the slaughter was removed, and the refuse buried in the village midden, and pork was the principal article on the breakfast ...
— The Underworld - The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner • James C. Welsh



Words linked to "Midden" :   archaeology, heap, trash dump, dunghill, eitchen midden, muckheap, agglomerate, archeology, pile, dumpsite, garbage dump, dump



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