Definition of tholos
1 : a round building of classical Greek date and style
2 : a circular tomb of beehive shape approached by a horizontal passage in the side of a hill
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Origin and Etymology of tholos
Greek & Latin; Latin tholus rotunda, tholos, from Greek tholos
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