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tombolo

[tom-buh-loh] /ˈtɒm bəˌloʊ/
noun, plural tombolos.
1.
a sand bar connecting an island to the mainland or to another island.
Origin
1899
1899; < Italian < Latin tumulus mound. See tumulus
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  • When it was connected to the island it was a tombolo.
  • Include the county-owned tidelands south of the tombolo in the long-term boundary.
British Dictionary definitions for tombolo

tombolo

/ˈtɒmbəˌləʊ/
noun (pl) -los
1.
a narrow sand or shingle bar linking a small island with another island or the mainland
Word Origin
C20: from Italian, from Latin tumulus mound; see tumulus
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Word Origin and History for tombolo
n.

1899, from Italian tombolo "sand dune," from Latin tumulus "hillock, mound" (see thigh).

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tombolo in Science
tombolo
  (tŏm'bə-lō')   
A sand or gravel bar that connects an island to the mainland or to another island.
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Encyclopedia Article for tombolo

one or more sandbars or spits that connect an island to the mainland. A single tombolo may connect a tied island to the mainland, as at Marblehead, Mass. A double tombolo encloses a lagoon that eventually fills with sediment; fine examples of these occur off the coast of Italy. The shallower waters that occur between an island and the mainland are the loci of such features because sandbars form there.

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