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chulpa

or chull·pa

[chool-puh]
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noun Archaeology.
  1. a type of prehistoric stone tower, found in Brazil and Peru, having living quarters over a burial chamber.
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Origin of chulpa

< American Spanish < Aymara chullpa
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Historical Examples

  • The great mass of a chulpa is solid, but within is a dome-shaped chamber, into which the opening seen in the cut leads.

    The Prehistoric World

    E. A. Allen

  • Another variety (the chulpa) was really a stone tower erected above ground, twelve to thirty feet high.