from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dunghill or refuse heap.
- n. Archaeology A mound or deposit containing shells, animal bones, and other refuse that indicates the site of a human settlement. Also called kitchen midden.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A dungheap.
- n. A refuse heap usually near a dwelling.
- n. prehistoric pile of bones and shells.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dunghill.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dunghill; a muck-heap; a receptacle for kitchen refuse, ashes, etc. See midding. [Prov. Eng. and Scotch.] Specifically
- n. A prehistoric muck-heap; a kitchenmidden.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (archeology) a mound of domestic refuse containing shells and animal bones marking the site of a prehistoric settlement
- n. a heap of dung or refuse
Middle English midding, of Scandinavian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From early Scandinavian (early Danish mög-dynge, Norwegian mødding) through Middle English myddyng: muck + dung. (Wiktionary)