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.
She opened the door and stepped across the threshold and onto the cold, damp earthen floor of the passage.
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.
The Mexicans were also skilful makers of earthen pots, in which were cooked the native beans called by the Spanish frijoles, and the various savoury stews still in vogue.