altar mound

noun

: a mound built by American Indians over an altar on which sacrifices had been burned

Word History

First Known Use

1845, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of altar mound was in 1845

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“Altar mound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/altar%20mound. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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