Definition of earth house in English:

earth house

Pronunciation /ˈəːθ haʊs/


  • 1An underground dwelling, basement, or chamber; = "souterrain".

  • 2A dwelling made of earth.


Old English; earliest use found in Bald's Leechbook. Cognate with or formed similarly to Dutch erdhūs underground dwelling (Dutch aardhuis house made of earth), Old Saxon erthhūs underground dwelling (Middle Low German ērthūs), Old High German erdhūs cave, underground dwelling (German Erdhaus house made of earth), Old Icelandic jarðhús underground dwelling or passage, Old Swedish iordhhus underground dwelling (Swedish jordhus underground dwelling, house made of earth) from the Germanic base of earth + the Germanic base of house.