dol·​men | \ ˈdōl-mən How to pronounce dolmen (audio) , ˈdȯl- How to pronounce dolmen (audio) , ˈdäl- \

Definition of dolmen

: a prehistoric monument of two or more upright stones supporting a horizontal stone slab found especially in Britain and France and thought to be a tomb

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2012, archaeologists found a panel of rock art engravings on the ceiling of a huge dolmen in a field near the settlement of Shamir. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Millennia-Old Rock Art in Israel Offers Window Into Lost Culture," 14 July 2020 Another wall in the dolmen’s interior displays three crosses enclosed by rectangles, reports Amanda Borschel-Dan for the Times of Israel. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Millennia-Old Rock Art in Israel Offers Window Into Lost Culture," 14 July 2020 As Miguel Ángel Marcos adds for the newspaper Hoy, the trip to the dolmen is punishing, requiring visitors to walk for hours in the full heat of the sun. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 The vestiges of British rule and Irish nobles, forts and castles, dot the landscape, along with stone dolmens, built thousands of years ago, but for what purpose and how remains a mystery. New York Times, "Chasing Waves on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way," 12 Aug. 2019 Inspired by ancient dolmens like Stonehenge, the memorial of boulders sits in a circular formation within Greenwich Village’s Hudson River Park, across from the piers that were known havens for the LGBTQ community in the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s. Cristela Guerra,, "Hyde Park art studio helps new NYC memorial reflect light and pride," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of dolmen

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dolmen

French, probably modification of Cornish tolmen, from tol hole + men stone

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“Dolmen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dolmen

technical : an ancient structure made of two or more upright stones and a single stone lying across them

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