- an upright monumental stone standing either alone or with others, as in an alignment, found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.
Origin of menhir
Examples from the Web for menhir
Two steps took me to the menhir, and I drew my seax that I might do as he asked me.
And I saw that in a flash, even as he reeled back from the menhir and staggered.
She feared the menhir no longer: its power over her was gone.A Loose End and Other Stories
S. Elizabeth Hall
The largest known is the Menhir of Locmariaquer in Morbihan, now fallen and broken.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe
John M. Tyler
Thus it is believed in many localities that a "menhir" in the neighbourhood turns on its axis at midnight.
- a single standing stone, often carved, dating from the middle Bronze Age in the British Isles and from the late Neolithic Age in W Europe
Word Origin and History for menhir
"upright monumental stone," 1834, literally "long stone," from French menhir (19c.), from Breton men "stone" + hir "long," from PIE *se-ro-, from root *se- "long, late" (see soiree). Cognate with Welsh maen hir, Cornish medn hir.