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 megalithic (audio) \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 There is no surveillance at the site, leaving tourists free to interact with—and likely damage—the megaliths. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Drought Reveals Dolmen of Guadalperal, Popularly Dubbed ‘Spanish Stonehenge’," 9 Sep. 2019 And in Indonesia, on the island of Sumba, people still build tombs with massive megaliths that take teams of a few hundred people to pull to the gravesite on wooden sledges. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Did Stonehenge builders use pig grease to help slide megaliths into place?," 5 Aug. 2019 Ancient people may have used pig fat to build Stonehenge The 30-ton megaliths that make up Stonehenge in the United Kingdom might have been moved using more than just elbow grease. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: How pig fat built Stonehenge, inherited trauma, and an international Ebola emergency," 19 July 2019

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Megalith.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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

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