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megalith

Syllabification: meg·a·lith
Pronunciation: /ˈmeɡəˌliTH
 
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Definition of megalith in English:

noun

Archaeology
A large stone that forms a prehistoric monument (e.g., a menhir) or part of one (e.g., a stone circle or chamber tomb).
Example sentences
  • Their simple round-based pottery has sometimes given them the name ‘bowl cultures’, but they are better known for the construction of monumental tombs out of large boulders or megaliths.
  • The potential significance of Nabta as a ceremonial site was further strengthened by the discovery of an arrangement of stone megaliths (large free standing stones) on the western edge of the Nabta basin.
  • The terraced square of rough stone blocks follows the terrain, suggesting an odd reminiscence of prehistoric megaliths.

Origin

mid 19th century: back-formation from megalithic.

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