tom·​bo·​lo | \ ˈtōm-bə-ˌlō How to pronounce tombolo (audio) , ˈtäm- How to pronounce tombolo (audio) \
plural tombolos

Definition of tombolo

: a sand or gravel bar connecting an island with the mainland or another island

Examples of tombolo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trail crosses swaths of huge rocks to a tombolo — a spit of land that connects to Governor’s Island. Peter Marteka,, "An autumn visit to an old woods road and the scenic marshes of Hampton," 27 Sep. 2019 Recent storms have made the tombolo weaker, so currents are increasing within the lagoon, but the beach still remains a safe bet for families. Timbers Kauai, The Seattle Times, "Discover Kauai’s hidden gems," 18 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tombolo

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tombolo

Italian, from Latin tumulus mound, tumulus

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The first known use of tombolo was in 1899

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17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tombolo.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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