tumulus

noun
tu·​mu·​lus | \ ˈtü-myə-ləs How to pronounce tumulus (audio) , ˈtyü-, ˈtə- \
plural tumuli\ ˈtü-​myə-​ˌlī How to pronounce tumulus (audio) , -​ˌlē , ˈtyü-​ , ˈtə-​ \

Definition of tumulus

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

Examples of tumulus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby, the researchers found a 197- by 26-foot tumulus, or burial mound, and an extravagant array of Greek funerary goods likely left by merchants and mercenaries living in the area. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Aug. 2021 Another surprising discovery is a giant tumulus near the town of Amphipolis in northern Greece. National Geographic, 8 Apr. 2019 The pressure may have pushed that tumulus to sea level. Megan Friedman, Popular Mechanics, 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, 16 July 2018 Resembling an ancient burial mound known as a tumulus, Maropeng's entrance blends artfully with the grassland surroundings. Smithsonian, 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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“Tumulus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tumulus. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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