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talayot

[tuh-lah-yoht] /təˈlɑ yoʊt/
noun
1.
any of the round or square prehistoric stone towers found in the Balearic Islands, possibly modeled after the nuraghi in Sardinia.
Origin of talayot
1870-1875
1870-75; < Catalan talaiot < Arabic ṭalāyiʿ, plural of ṭalīʿah sentinel
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  • A blurred noise of moaning came down the passage-way from the black heart of the talayot.

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  • By this time my leisurely pace had brought me up alongside the talayot, which loomed big and squat at the other side of the wall.

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  • What we came across chiefly were stones fallen from the sides of the talayot woven together by a network of roots.

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