cran·​nog | \ ˈkra-nəg How to pronounce crannog (audio) \

Definition of crannog

: an artificial fortified island constructed in a lake or marsh originally in prehistoric Ireland and Scotland

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Recent Examples on the Web Researchers had an inkling that some crannogs had Stone Age beginning in the 1980s, when excavations at a crannog at Scotland’s North Uist island revealed Neolithic artifacts. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age," 14 June 2019 Neolithic Britons loved building things with big rocks, but the crannogs are unlike settlements or other monuments. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Artificial islands older than Stonehenge stump scientists," 12 June 2019 The team hopes to use sonar to identify more hidden crannogs in the Outer Hebrides. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scotland’s Tiny Artificial Islands Date to the Stone Age," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of crannog

1608, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crannog

Scottish Gaelic crannag & Irish crannóg

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“Crannog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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