cromlech

cromlech

[krom-lek]
noun Archaeology.
(no longer in technical use) a megalithic chamber tomb.


Origin:
1595–1605; < Welsh, equivalent to crom bent, curved, crooked (feminine of crwm) + lech, combining form of llech flat stone

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cromlech (ˈkrɒmlɛk)
 
n
1.  a circle of prehistoric standing stones
2.  (no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen
 
[C17: from Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm bent, arched + llech flat stone]

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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.
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