- made of earth or of baked clay
- Made of earth or clay: an earthen fortification; an earthen pot.
- Earthly; worldly.
(comparative more earthen, superlative most earthen)
Used before 1325 as erthen, from eorthene, presumably from Middle English erthe, eorthe ("earth").
- It is surrounded by a thick earthen wall, nearly 4 m.
- It is a very old town, with high earthen walls and twelve gates, commanded by a fort.
- Rude earthen or stockaded forts, serving as magazines and places of retreat, were erected; or in some cases use was made of strongholds already existing, such as Dun Almain in Kildare, Dunlavin in Wicklow and Fermoy in Cork.
- She opened the door and stepped across the threshold and onto the cold, damp earthen floor of the passage.
- - e,f, Owl moth (Heliothis armigera); a,b, egg, highly magnified; c, larva or caterpillar; d, pupa in earthen cell.