A basic type of toilet with dry earth used to cover excrement.
- Hidden away under a large yew tree was the privy or earth closet, our only toilet facilities.
- We lived in a one-room bedsit, shared a kitchen, had no bathroom and used an outdoor earth closet adjoining the pigsty.
- I think there was an earth closet outside actually.
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