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[krom-lek] /ˈkrɒm lɛk/
noun, Archaeology.
(no longer in technical use) a megalithic chamber tomb.
Origin of cromlech
1595-1605; < Welsh, equivalent to crom bent, curved, crooked (feminine of crwm) + lech, combining form of llech flat stone Unabridged
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  • You'd better have lunch there—it'd be dull for you all by yourself here, cromlech.

    Helena's Path Anthony Hope
  • The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Where the stones are arranged in a “cromlech” or circular form, there is generally a dolmen in the centre.

    The Student's Mythology Catherine Ann White
  • Gaar wheeled, spurted around them and then around the cromlech.

    Day of the Druid Knut Enferd
  • There is said to have been at one time a cromlech 100 feet wide due south of the circle and connected with it by a paved way.

  • This cromlech is called, by children in that neighbourhood, ‘Castle Correg.’

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes
  • Among objects of antiquarian interest, a cromlech near Mont Orgueil is the finest of several examples.

  • The cromlech in Howth Park has been supposed to be her sepulchre.

    A Book of Irish Verse William Butler Yeats
  • This cromlech is surrounded by a trench and an earthen embankment.

    The Student's Mythology Catherine Ann White
  • "A gentleman should fight his own battles, cromlech," he cried to his friend.

    Helena's Path Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for cromlech


a circle of prehistoric standing stones
(no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen
Word Origin
C17: from Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm bent, arched + llech flat stone
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Word Origin and History for cromlech

c.1600, from Welsh, from crom, fem. of crwm "crooked, bent, concave" + llech "(flat) stone." Applied in Wales and Cornwall to what in Brittany is a dolmen; a cromlech there is a circle of standing stones.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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