noun Archaeology.
a Neolithic monument of the British Isles, consisting of a circular area enclosed by a bank and ditch and often containing additional features including one or more circles of upright stone or wood pillars: probably used for ritual purposes or for marking astronomical events, as solstices and equinoxes.

1730–40; back formation from Stonehenge, Middle English Stanenges, Stanheng, equivalent to stan stone + -heng, probably orig. “something hanging”; cf. hinge

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henge (hɛndʒ)
a circular area, often containing a circle of stones or sometimes wooden posts, dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages
[back formation from Stonehenge]

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Main Entry:  henge
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a prehistoric circular area with standing stone or wooden pillars and often enclosed by a bank or ditch, possibly used for rituals; also called henge monument
Example:  Henge mainly pertains to a Neolithic monument of the British Isles.
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1740, noted as a Yorkshire word for structures such as Stonehenge.
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Two more dwellings were uncovered away from the main settlement, to the western end of the henge.
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