mega·​lith | \ ˈme-gə-ˌlith How to pronounce megalith (audio) \

Definition of megalith

: a very large usually rough stone used in prehistoric cultures as a monument or building block

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megalithic \ ˌme-​gə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce megalith (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web The world of fine art has long looked to the monolith and the megalith as attempts to invoke the awe of that natural, near-mystical perfection. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Why We Love the Monolith," 3 Dec. 2020 The term megalith was first used for Stonehenge, to describe the stone edifices, often used for worship. Carlos Barria, National Geographic, "How the U.S. battled past wildfire catastrophes," 14 Sep. 2020 Photographer Muhammad Fadli took this image of a sculptured megalith at the beach of Ratenggaro in southwestern Sumba. Related: Uncovering the true Indonesia Not among our 145 million Instagram followers? Carlos Barria, National Geographic, "How the U.S. battled past wildfire catastrophes," 14 Sep. 2020 While music cataloging and streaming services are not a monolith, their actions have consequently turned music discovery into a set of megaliths that will continue to confound and limit artists and listeners alike. Mario J. Lucero, Quartz, "Music streaming services mishandle our data—and our culture is paying for it," 3 Jan. 2020 Experts are divided on the nature of one megalith engraving, Euronews’ Marta Rodriguez Martinez reports. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 Clapp said, nodding at one of the brick megaliths that dominate the skyline of one of St. Paul’s poorest neighborhoods. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "A plan for Hamm’s: Massive arts and entertainment complex proposed," 26 Oct. 2019 The site now features price comparisons to prove to its customers that its 72-hour sales are far cheaper than those online megaliths., "A decade ago, when the United States was deep in the throes of the Great Recession, the daily deal concept seemed to many retailers like a bright flashing light at the end of the tunnel.," 24 Oct. 2019 There is such a drought in the Extremadura region that the Valdecañas Reservoir has shrunk and uncovered the Dolmen of Guadalperal, about 100 megaliths that are seven millennia old, Alyssa McMurtry writes, also in Atlas Obscura. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Taking a different path in Puerto Vallarta," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of megalith

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Megalith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of megalith

: a very large stone used in ancient cultures as a monument or part of a building

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