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Definition of CRANNOG
: an artificial fortified island constructed in a lake or marsh originally in prehistoric Ireland and Scotland
Origin of CRANNOG
Scottish Gaelic crannag & Irish crannóg
First Known Use: 1608
In Scotland and Ireland, an artificially constructed site for a house or settlement, usually on an islet or in the shallows of a lake. Made of timber or sometimes stone, crannogs date from the Late Bronze Age into the Middle Ages. Usually fortified by stockades, they were among the latest prehistoric strongholds. See alsoLake Dwellings.