kitchen-midden love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A shell-mound: the literal translation of the Danish kjökkenmödding, kitchen refuse.


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  • You have lived long enough in the East and, as your writings show, observantly enough, to detect the pearl which lurks in the kitchen-midden, and to note that its lustre is not dimmed nor its value diminished by its unclean surroundings.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night 2006

  • The stuff reeked like a kitchen-midden, and its touch made Conan's flesh crawl.

    Conan and The Gods of The Mountain Green, Roland 1993

  • A gull, seeking the pickings of the kitchen-midden, floated across from the wide free waters of the lagoon.

    Funeral Games Renault, Mary, 1905-1983 1981

  • "I would classify his actions as arising from conscious effort at cortico-thalamic integration," the woman said, like an archaeologist who has just found a K-ration tin at the bottom of a neolithic kitchen-midden.

    Hunter Patrol H. Beam Piper 1934

  • Tunnel under his great moraines and stalagmites of words, dig down into his vast kitchen-midden of discordant and raucous polysyllables, blow up the hard, thick shell of his almost theological manner, and what you will find in his discourse is chiefly a mass of platitudes - the self-evident made horrifying, the obvious in terms of the staggering.

    Prejudices : first series, 1919

  • Dubois and managed, from roof to kitchen-midden, by Ching Po.

    The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story Various 1915

  • Sir Banas, he comes in the night and makes them all alive at the back of our kitchen-midden, 'piped the child.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling 1900

  • The nest might be upon the ground or lodged among the bushes; but the only ground space large enough was covered layer over layer with pearly clam-shells, the kitchen-midden of some muskrat; and the bushes were empty.

    Roof and Meadow Dallas Lore Sharp 1899

  • In the neighbouring jungle, though I diligently searched half the morning, I could find no dead carcase, and nothing in the 'kitchen-midden,' where somehow I seemed nearer the source; but at last in the kitchen itself I ran it to ground in a compact parcel done up in a banana leaf.

    Insulinde: Experiences of a Naturalist's Wife in the Eastern Archipelago 1887

  • It is also clear from the kitchen-midden and other prehistoric remains; from the presence, even now, in Japan of the bearded Ainus (a word meaning in their own language "men"); and from the numerous accounts of Ainu -

    Ancient China Simplified Edward Harper Parker 1887


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