Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The name generally given throughout Scotland to the underground structures known as “Picts' houses” or “Picts' dwellings.”

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Examples

  • There after they went home to their earth-house, and abode there till the time came for them to put off the wolf-shapes; then they burnt them up with fire, and prayed that no more hurt might come to any one from them; but in that uncouth guise they wrought many famous deeds in the kingdom and lordship of King Siggeir.

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • The tale of the king who shuts up his daughter in an "earth-house" or underground chamber with treasures (weapons and gold and silver), in fear of invasion, looks like a bit of folk-tale, such as the "Hind in the Wood", but it may have a traditional base of some kind here.

    The Danish History, Books I-IX

  • Sigmund's earth-house; and Sigmund welcomed him in seemly fashion, and said that he should make ready their bread; "But I," said he, "will go seek firewood."

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • Sinfjotli, and when he grew up he was both big and strong, and fair of face, and much like unto the kin of the Volsungs, and he was hardly yet ten winters old when she sent him to Sigmund's earth-house; but this trial she had made of her other sons or ever she had sent them to

    The Story of the Volsungs

  • In the hot days, when the earth-house was cool, and in the winter when the thick blanket of the snow lay over it, and it felt warm as she entered it from the frosty wind, she would sit there in the dark, sometimes imagining herself one of the believers of the old time, thinking the Lord was at hand, approaching in person to fetch her and her friends.

    Heather and Snow

  • Kirsty did not remain a moment in Steenie's house, but set her face to go home by the shorter and rougher path leading over the earth-house and across the little burn.

    Heather and Snow

  • Francis Gordon came out of that earth-house a risen man: his will was born.

    Heather and Snow

  • Thus talking as they went, they reached and entered the earth-house.

    Heather and Snow

  • At last she recognised it; it was a familiar odour, a peculiar smell, of the kind we call earthy: -- it was the air of her own earth-house, in days that seemed far away!

    Heather and Snow

  • They indicated the easier, though longer way -- not that by the earth-house, and the father and daughter passed without seeing each other.

    Heather and Snow

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