tumulus

noun
tu·​mu·​lus | \ˈtü-myə-ləs, ˈtyü-, ˈtə-\
plural tumuli\ˈtü-​myə-​ˌlī, -​ˌlē, ˈtyü-​, ˈtə-​ \

Definition of tumulus 

: an artificial hillock or mound (as over a grave) especially : an ancient grave : barrow

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The pressure may have pushed that tumulus to sea level. Megan Friedman, Popular Mechanics, "The Kilauea Volcano Created a Tiny New ‘Island’ Off the Coast of Hawaii," 16 July 2018 The running theory is that the island was a submarine tumulus created when the pressure of slow-moving lava lifts the crust above it. Megan Friedman, Popular Mechanics, "The Kilauea Volcano Created a Tiny New ‘Island’ Off the Coast of Hawaii," 16 July 2018 Resembling an ancient burial mound known as a tumulus, Maropeng's entrance blends artfully with the grassland surroundings. Smithsonian, "Accessibility Navigation," 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tumulus

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tumulus

Middle English, from Latin; akin to Latin tumēre to swell — more at thumb entry 1

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