Definition of tombolo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtämbəˌlō/

noun (plural tombolos)

A bar of sand or shingle joining an island to the mainland.
Example sentences
  • The longshore current can carry large amounts of sand along the coast and can form spits (narrow peninsulas of sand), barrier islands and tombolos (narrow sand deposits connecting a near-shore island with the beach).
  • You'll just get a cascading series of problems to do with the mechanics of maintaining the tombolo at the same time as having a canal going through it.
  • The sediments that form tombolos often form in ridges along an underwater wave-cut terrace.


Late 19th century: from Italian, literally 'sand dune'.

Words that rhyme with tombolo

bolo, criollo, polo, solo

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Syllabification: tom·bo·lo

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