[ krom-lek ]
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  1. (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

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How to use cromlech in a sentence

  • The old woman still sat on the cromlech, and when she saw me her voice rose afresh with more hard words, which I would not notice.

    A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
  • The mass fell straight, and without breaking; resting in its bed like a Druid cromlech precipitated in one piece.

    Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
  • Of such cyclopean style, though it is a small specimen, is the Chûn cromlech, standing near.

    The Cornwall Coast | Arthur L. Salmon
  • In the road to Morvah we meet with the celebrated cromlech at Lanyon.

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

    The Student's Mythology | Catherine Ann White

British Dictionary definitions for cromlech


/ (ˈkrɒmlɛk) /

  1. a circle of prehistoric standing stones

  2. (no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen

Origin of cromlech

C17: from Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm bent, arched + llech flat stone

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