American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Made of earth or clay: an earthen fortification; an earthen pot.
- adj. Earthly; worldly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Made of earth; made of clay or other earthy substance: as, an earthen vessel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Made of earth; made of burnt or baked clay, or other like substances.
- adj. made of earth (or baked clay)
- Used before 1325 as erthen, from eorthene, presumably from Middle English erthe, eorthe ("earth"). (Wiktionary)
“It was not only because we had just passed through our seven lean years, cooking in earthen vessels, eating black bread on holidays and wearing cotton; it was chiefly because these wooden chairs and tin pans were American chairs and pans that they shone glorious in our eyes.”
“There he sat down to rest a while by a well, where the women were drawing water in earthen pitchers.”
“They put this water in earthen jars to cool, in order to render it fit for drinking, but it never becomes fresh and cold.”
“Here seems to be an allusion to the lamps which Gideon's soldiers carried in earthen pitchers, Jud. vii.”
“The word of the gospel is preached by men like ourselves, men of like passions and infirmities with others: We have this treasure in earthen vessels.”
“The blessing of the gospel is the treasure which we have in earthen vessels.”
“God has wisely deposited the treasure in earthen vessels like ourselves, 2 Cor. iv.”
“Though God had here a splendid retinue of holy angles about his throne, who were ready to go on his errands, yet he passes them all by, and pitches on Ezekiel, a son of man, to be his messenger to the house of Israel; for we have this treasure in earthen vessels, and God's messages sent us by men like ourselves, whose terror shall not make us afraid nor their hand be heavy upon us.”
“7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
“In the room adjoining the kitchen the milk was cared for, as there were eleven milk-pans, an "earthen" pan and three "earthen" butter-pots.”
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