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earth Idioms & Phrases


Adamic earth

  • a name given to common red clay, from a notion that Adam means red earth.
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Adamic earth, Bitter earth, Bog earth, Chian earth

  • etc. See under Adamic, Bitter, etc.
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alkaline earth

  • noun any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)
    alkaline earth.
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Alkaline earths

  • noun any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)
    alkaline earth.
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  • certain substances, as lime, baryta, strontia, and magnesia, possessing some of the qualities of alkalies.
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alkaline-earth metal

  • noun any of the bivalent metals of group II of the periodic table (calcium or strontium or barium or magnesium or beryllium)
    alkaline earth.
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Apex of the earth's motion

  • (Astron.), that point of the heavens toward which the earth is moving in its orbit.
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Bitter earth

  • (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
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Black earth

  • mold; earth of a dark color. Woodward.
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bleaching earth

  • noun an adsorbent clay that will remove coloring from oils
    bleaching clay.
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Bog earth

  • (Min.), a soil composed for the most part of silex and partially decomposed vegetable fiber. P. Cyc.
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Bone earth

  • (Chem.), the earthy residuum after the calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of calcium.
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Brick earth

  • clay or earth suitable for, or used in making, bricks.
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Chian earth

  • a dense, compact kind of earth, from Chios, used anciently as an astringent and a cosmetic.
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cologne earth

Co*logne" earth`
Etymology
From Cologne the city.
Definitions
  1. (Min.) An earth of a deep brown color, containing more vegetable than mineral matter; an earthy variety of lignite, or brown coal.
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diatomaceous earth

  • noun a light soil consisting of siliceous diatom remains and often used as a filtering material
    kieselguhr; diatomite.
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Diurnal motion of the earth

  • the motion of the earth upon its axis which is described in twentyfour hours.
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down-to-earth

  • adjective satellite sensible and practical
    earthy.
    • has a straightforward down-to-earth approach to a problem
    • her earthy common sense
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earth almond

  • noun European sedge having small edible nutlike tubers
    chufa; yellow nutgrass; ground almond; Cyperus esculentus; rush nut.
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Earth apple

  • . (Bot.) (a) A potato. (b) A cucumber.
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Earth auger

  • a form of auger for boring into the ground; called also earth borer.
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Earth bath

  • a bath taken by immersing the naked body in earth for healing purposes.
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Earth battery

  • (Physics), a voltaic battery the elements of which are buried in the earth to be acted on by its moisture.
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Earth chestnut

  • the pignut.
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Earth closet

  • a privy or commode provided with dry earth or a similar substance for covering and deodorizing the fæcal discharges.
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earth color

  • noun a colored mineral used as a pigment
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Earth dog

  • (Zoöl.), a dog that will dig in the earth, or enter holes of foxes, etc.
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earth flax

Earth" flax`
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  1. (Min.) A variety of asbestus. See Amianthus.
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earth god

  • noun a god of fertility and vegetation
    earth god.
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earth goddess

  • noun a goddess of fertility and vegetation
    earth goddess.
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Earth hog, Earth pig

  • (Zoöl.), the aard-vark.
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Earth hunger

  • an intense desire to own land, or, in the case of nations, to extend their domain.
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Earth light

  • (Astron.), the light reflected by the earth, as upon the moon, and corresponding to moonlight; called also earth shine. Sir J. Herschel.
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Earth metal

  • . See 1st Earth, #7 (Chem.)
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earth mother

  • noun the earth conceived of as the female principle of fertility
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Earth oil

  • petroleum.
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Earth pillarspyramids

  • (Geol.), high pillars or pyramids of earth, sometimes capped with a single stone, found in Switzerland. Lyell.
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Earth pitch

  • (Min.), mineral tar, a kind of asphaltum.
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Earth quadrant

  • a fourth of the earth's circumference.
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earth science

  • noun any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
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earth shine

Earth" shine`
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  1. See Earth light, under Earth.
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Earth table

  • (Arch.), the lowest course of stones visible in a building; the ground table.
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earth tremor

  • noun a small earthquake
    tremor; microseism.
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earth up

  • verb block with earth, as after a landslide
    land up.
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earth wax

  • noun a waxy mineral that is a mixture of hydrocarbons and occurs in association with petroleum; some varieties are used in making ceresin and candles
    ozocerite; mineral wax; ozokerite; ader wax.
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earth's crust

  • noun the outer layer of the Earth
    crust.
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earth's surface

  • noun the outermost level of the land or sea
    surface.
    • earthquakes originate far below the surface
    • three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water
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earth-ball

  • noun any of various highly prized edible subterranean fungi of the genus Tuber; grow naturally in southwestern Europe
    truffle; earthnut.
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earth-closet

  • noun a small outbuilding with a bench having holes through which a user can defecate
    outhouse; jakes; privy.
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earth-god

  • noun a god of fertility and vegetation
    earth god.
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earth-goddess

  • noun a goddess of fertility and vegetation
    earth goddess.
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earth-nut pea

  • noun European herb bearing small tubers used for food and in Scotland to flavor whiskey
    tuberous vetch; earthnut pea; heath pea; Lathyrus tuberosus.
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earth-received time

  • noun the coordinated universal time when an event is received on Earth
    ERT.
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earth-tongue

  • noun any club-shaped fungus of the genus Geoglossum
    earthtongue.
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Earth"-tongue` noun
Definitions
  1. (Bot.) A fungus of the genus Geoglossum.
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Ends of the earth

  • the remotest regions of the earth.
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Foster earth

  • earth by which a plant is nourished, though not its native soil. J. Philips.
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Fuller's earth

  • noun an absorbent soil resembling clay; used in fulling (shrinking and thickening) woolen cloth and as an adsorbent
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  • a variety of clay, used in scouring and cleansing cloth, to imbibe grease.
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Gall of the earth

  • noun common perennial herb widely distributed in the southern and eastern United States having drooping clusters of pinkish flowers and thick basal leaves suggesting a lion's foot in shape; sometimes placed in genus Prenanthes
    Nabalus serpentarius; Prenanthes serpentaria; lion's foot.
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  • (Bot.), an herbaceous composite plant with variously lobed and cleft leaves, usually the Prenanthes serpentaria.
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Green earth

  • (Min.), a variety of glauconite, found in cavities in amygdaloid and other eruptive rock, and used as a pigment by artists; called also mountain green.
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Hazel earth

  • soil suitable for the hazel; a fertile loam.
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hell on earth

  • noun any place of pain and turmoil;
    the pits; hellhole; snake pit; hell; inferno.
    • the hell of battle
    • the inferno of the engine room
    • when you're alone Christmas is the pits
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Infusorial earth

  • (Geol.), a deposit of fine, usually white, siliceous material, composed mainly of the shells of the microscopic plants called diatoms. It is used in polishing powder, and in the manufacture of dynamite.
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Japan earth

  • . See Catechu.
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Lemnian bole, Lemnian earth

  • an aluminous earth of a grayish yellow color; sphragide; formerly sold as medicine, having astringent properties.
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Man-of-the earth

  • (Bot.), a twining plant (Ipomoea pandurata) with leaves and flowers much like those of the morning-glory, but having an immense tuberous farinaceous root.
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man-of-the-earth

  • noun a morning glory with long roots of western United States
    Ipomoea leptophylla.
  • noun tropical American prostrate or climbing herbaceous perennial having an enormous starchy root; sometimes held to be source of the sweet potato
    wild sweet potato vine; scammonyroot; wild potato vine; Ipomoea panurata; manroot; Ipomoea fastigiata.
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Meat earth

  • (Mining), vegetable mold. Raymond.
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middle-earth

Mid"dle-earth` noun
Definitions
  1. The world, considered as lying between heaven and hell. Obs. a land in Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "Ring" books Shak.
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On earth

  • adverb used with question words to convey surprise
    • what on earth are you doing?
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  • an intensive expression, oftenest used in questions and exclamations; as, What on earth shall I do? Nothing on earth will satisfy him. Colloq.
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organization of the oppressed on earth

  • noun a Shiite terrorist organization with strong ties to Iran; seeks to create an Iranian fundamentalist Islamic state in Lebanon; car bombs are the signature weapon
    Hizbullah; Lebanese Hizballah; Islamic Jihad; Hezbollah; Hizballah; Hizbollah; Party of God; Revolutionary Justice Organization; Islamic Jihad for the Liberation of Palestine.
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Poles of the earth, ∨ Terrestrial poles

  • (Geog.), the two opposite points on the earth's surface through which its axis passes.
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potter's earth

  • noun clay that does not contain any iron; used in making pottery or for modeling
    potter's clay.
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rare earth

  • noun any element of the lanthanide series (atomic numbers 57 through 71)
    lanthanon; lanthanide; lanthanoid; rare earth.
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rare-earth element

  • noun any element of the lanthanide series (atomic numbers 57 through 71)
    lanthanon; lanthanide; lanthanoid; rare earth.
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Samian earth

  • a species of clay from Samoa, formerly used in medicine as an astringent.
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scorched-earth policy

  • noun the target company defends itself by selling off its crown jewels
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Star-of-the-earth

  • (Bot.), a plant of the genus Plantago (P. coronopus), growing upon the seashore.
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Tile earth

  • a species of strong, clayey earth; stiff and stubborn land. Prov. Eng.
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To go the way of all the earth

  • to die. = to go the way of all flesh.
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Yellow earth

  • a yellowish clay, colored by iron, sometimes used as a yellow pigment.
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