[ 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 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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