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"vehicle for carrying a load," c.1300, barewe, probably from an unrecorded Old English *bearwe "basket, barrow," from beran "to bear, to carry" (see bear (v.)). The original had no wheel and required two persons to carry it.
"mound," Old English beorg (West Saxon), berg (Anglian) "barrow, mountain, hill, mound," from Proto-Germanic *bergaz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old High German berg "mountain," Old North bjarg "rock"), from PIE root *bheregh- "high, elevated" (cf. Old Church Slavonic bregu "mountain, height," Old Irish brigh "mountain," Sanskrit b'rhant "high," Old Persian bard- "be high"). Obsolete except in place-names and southwest England dialect by 1400; revived by modern archaeology.
In place-names used of small continuously curving hills, smaller than a dun, with the summit typically occupied by a single farmstead or by a village church with the village beside the hill, and also of burial mounds. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]Meaning "mound erected over a grave" was a specific sense in late Old English. Barrow-wight first recorded 1869 in Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris's translation of the Icelandic saga of Grettir the Strong.
northernmost point of Alaska, U.S., situated on the Arctic Ocean. Archaeological evidence dates human habitation (by Inupiaq Eskimos) in the area from about AD 500. The headland was explored in 1826 by Frederick W. Beechey and named for Sir John Barrow, British promoter of Arctic exploration; its Inupiaq name is Ukpeagvik, meaning "Place Where Owls Are Hunted." Once important in Arctic aviation, it was the departure point of Sir George Hubert Wilkins's flight (1928) over the North Pole and was the site of the air crash (1935) that killed Will Rogers and Wiley Post (for whom the city of Barrow's airport is jointly named). Point Barrow was the site of a U.S. Navy Arctic research station from the 1940s to 1980, when the station was closed. The area has vast oil and gas deposits and is the northernmost tip of the massive National Petroleum Reserve