half-dugout

half-dugout

A primitive shelter, often temporary, having a significant portion of its structure dug below ground level; commonly has sod walls and a sod roof; also see sod house.
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I don't remember seeing it, but some time back I found out that she had built a "half-dugout" greenhouse in the 1940s or '50s.