American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mound or deposit of kitchen refuse.
- n. Archaeology See midden.
- n. (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
“During an unsystematic, unmethodical overhauling of the shell heap of an extensive kitchen midden — to apply a very dignified title to a long deserted camp — interesting testimony to the diligence and patience of the deceased occupants was obtained.”
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