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I was adopted by a man and a woman who owned a Muck Midden. They had no children of their own and they wanted me to be their little muck-mole-- to shuffle and snuffle through the daily cast-off of the all-consuming world.

from The PowerBook by Jeanette Winterson

Does 'muck midden' in the above passage refer to a refuse heap?

Please help. Thank you.
  • PaulQ

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    English - England
    Yes, it does. Usually it would be called a muck heap, a rubbish heap/tip, etc. A midden also has the meaning of a dunghill, i.e. where animal faecal waste is piled for later use as fertiliser but this seems unlikely in the restricted context given.
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