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