dolmen

noun
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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Examples of dolmen in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Speaking with DiCYT, Rojo-Guerra says that a flint blade discovered at the dolmen shows traces of being used to cut bone. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Other remnants of the project lie nearby: stone-gray chunks that resemble a Neolithic dolmen. Anthony Lan, The New Yorker, 30 July 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, BostonGlobe.com, 26 June 2018 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dolmen. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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