[ krom-lek ]
/ ˈkrɒm lɛk /

noun Archaeology.

(no longer in technical use) a megalithic chamber tomb.


Nearby words

  1. croker sack,
  2. crokinole,
  3. crombec,
  4. crome,
  5. cromer,
  6. cromolyn sodium,
  7. cromorne,
  8. crompton,
  9. crompton, samuel,
  10. cromwell

Origin of cromlech

1595–1605; < Welsh, equivalent to crom bent, curved, crooked (feminine of crwm) + lech, combining form of llech flat stone Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cromlech


/ (ˈkrɒmlɛk) /


a circle of prehistoric standing stones
(no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen

Word Origin for cromlech

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.

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