cairny

cairn

[kairn]
noun
a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.
Also, carn.


Origin:
1525–35; earlier carn < Scots Gaelic: pile of stones; perhaps akin to horn

cairned, adjective
cairny, adjective
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cairn (kɛən)
 
n
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
 
[C15: from Gaelic carn]

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