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cairn

[kairn] /kɛərn/
noun
1.
a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
Also, carn.
Origin of cairn
1525-1535
1525-35; earlier carn < Scots Gaelic: pile of stones; perhaps akin to horn
Related forms
cairned, adjective
cairny, adjective
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cairn

/kɛən/
noun
1.
a mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker
2.
Also called cairn terrier. a small rough-haired breed of terrier originally from Scotland
Word Origin
C15: from Gaelic carn
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Word Origin and History for cairn
n.

1530s, from Scottish carne, from Gaelic carn "heap of stones, rocky hill," akin to Gaulish karnon "horn," from PIE root *ker-n- "highest part of the body, horn," thus "tip, peak" (see horn (n.)).

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