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earth (the foll. are obs. or special uses; 1 was in use from Anglo-Saxon times down to the 17th c.)
1. country, land Wint. III. iii. 44, John II. i. 344 “the this climate overlooks,” R2 II. i. 41, H8 III. i. 142 “this English ” ; landed estate Rom. I. ii. 15 “She is the hopeful lady of my earth.”
2. a type of dull, dead matter R2 III. iv. 78 “thou little better thing than earth,” Lr. V. iii. 263.
3. the body Sonn. cxlvi. 1.
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