tholos

noun
tho·​los | \ ˈthōˌläs \
variants: or tholus \ -​ōləs \
plural tholoi\ -​ōˌlȯi \ or tholi\ -​ōˌlī \

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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History and Etymology for tholos

Greek & Latin; Latin tholus rotunda, tholos, from Greek tholos

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“Tholos.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tholos. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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