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megalith

[meg-uh-lith] /ˈmɛg ə lɪθ/
noun
1.
a stone of great size, especially in ancient construction work, as the Cyclopean masonry, or in prehistoric Neolithic remains, as dolmens or menhirs.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; mega- + -lith
Related forms
megalithic, adjective
premegalithic, adjective
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  • The main part of the village stands inside an ancient stone circle thought to date from megalithic times.
  • Carrera's program stands in stark contrast to the megalithic, mechanical, and hugely expensive flap gate system.
  • It was during this period that megalithic monuments began to appear around the island.
British Dictionary definitions for megalithic

megalith

/ˈmɛɡəlɪθ/
noun
1.
a stone of great size, esp one forming part of a prehistoric monument See also alignment (sense 6), circle (sense 11)
Derived Forms
megalithic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for megalithic
adj.

1836, from mega- "large" + lithos "stone" (see litho-) + -ic.

megalith

n.

huge prehistoric stone, 1853, back-formation from megalithic.

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