dry·​stone ˈdrī-ˌstōn How to pronounce drystone (audio)
chiefly British
: constructed of stone without the use of mortar as an adhesive
a drystone wall

Examples of drystone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The road from Oxford to Ledbury is lined by drystone walls and black-faced sheep. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022 An area renowned for its rich farming heritage, Yorkshire Dales National Park is also celebrated for its wild heathlands and ancient woodlands, divided neatly by traditional drystone walls. Jonathan Thompson, Travel + Leisure, 14 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1702, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drystone was circa 1702

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“Drystone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drystone. Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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