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tumulus

[too-myuh-luh s, tyoo-] /ˈtu myə ləs, ˈtyu-/
noun, plural tumuluses, tumuli
[too-myuh-lahy, tyoo-] /ˈtu myəˌlaɪ, ˈtyu-/ (Show IPA)
1.
Archaeology. an artificial mound, especially over a grave; barrow.
2.
Geology. a domelike swelling or mound formed in congealed lava.
Origin of tumulus
1680-1690
1680-90; < Latin: mound, swelling, equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ulus -ule
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Examples from the web for tumulus
  • In the centre was a hillock or tumulus, surmounted by a scorched hawthorn.
  • The pressure uplifts the crust at some weak point to form a tumulus.
  • tumulus and vault facilities are now typically used at these humid sites.
British Dictionary definitions for tumulus

tumulus

/ˈtjuːmjʊləs/
noun (pl) -li (-liː)
1.
(archaeol) (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow2
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: a hillock, from tumēre to swell up
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Word Origin and History for tumulus
n.

ancient burial mound, 1680s, from Latin tumulus "hillock," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh).

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