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[sahr-suh n] /ˈsɑr sən/
any of numerous large sandstone blocks or fragments found in south-central England, probably remnants of eroded Tertiary beds.
Also called Druid stone, graywether.
Origin of sarsen
1635-45; syncopated variant of Saracen, short for Saracen boulder Druid stone Unabridged
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  • The bluestones were later installed inside the sarsen ring.
  • But the trench, wedged between a towering sarsen stone and two bluestones, was far from a random choice.
British Dictionary definitions for sarsen


(geology) a boulder of silicified sandstone, probably of Tertiary age, found in large numbers in S England
such a stone used in a megalithic monument
Also called greywether
Word Origin
C17: probably a variant of Saracen
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Word Origin and History for sarsen

"large sandstone boulder," 1640s, properly sarsen stone, i.e. "Saracen stone," from Saracen in the old sense of "pagan, heathen." The same word was applied to the ancient leavings outside Cornish tin mines, also known as Jews' pits, those being the terms that came to mind once to describe any ancient features, based on the Bible.

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