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[krom-lek] /ˈkrɒm lɛk/
noun, Archaeology.
(no longer in technical use) a megalithic chamber tomb.
Origin of cromlech
1595-1605; < Welsh, equivalent to crom bent, curved, crooked (feminine of crwm) + lech, combining form of llech flat stone Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cromlech
Historical Examples
  • The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Not unfrequently the entrance to the cromlech is approached by a sort of corridor.

    The Hittites

    A. H. Sayce
  • Gaar wheeled, spurted around them and then around the cromlech.

    Day of the Druid Knut Enferd
  • This cromlech is called, by children in that neighbourhood, ‘Castle Correg.’

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes
  • The cromlech in Howth Park has been supposed to be her sepulchre.

    A Book of Irish Verse William Butler Yeats
  • It was not a cromlech after all, only a pile of boulders, so they turned back again.

    A Fortunate Term

    Angela Brazil
  • This cromlech is surrounded by a trench and an earthen embankment.

    The Student's Mythology

    Catherine Ann White
  • This, cromlech, to a man who had determined to reform, who came home to assume—what was it?

    Helena's Path Anthony Hope
  • "A gentleman should fight his own battles, cromlech," he cried to his friend.

    Helena's Path Anthony Hope
  • I trust cromlech as myself—that is, as far as I can see him.

    Helena's Path Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for cromlech


a circle of prehistoric standing stones
(no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen
Word Origin
C17: from Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm bent, arched + llech flat stone
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Word Origin and History for cromlech

c.1600, from Welsh, from crom, fem. of crwm "crooked, bent, concave" + llech "(flat) stone." Applied in Wales and Cornwall to what in Brittany is a dolmen; a cromlech there is a circle of standing stones.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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