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henge

[henj]
noun Archaeology.
  1. a Neolithic monument of the British Isles, consisting of a circular area enclosed by a bank and ditch and often containing additional features including one or more circles of upright stone or wood pillars: probably used for ritual purposes or for marking astronomical events, as solstices and equinoxes.
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Origin of henge

1730–40; back formation from Stonehenge, Middle English Stanenges, Stanheng, equivalent to stan stone + -heng, probably orig. “something hanging”; cf. hinge
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Historical Examples of henge

  • Ah, from Henge, said Perior, looking at the end of the letter.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • That Henge had not been embittered by this political antagonism had deeply touched Perior.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • Henge knew of the long paternal intimacy with Camelia, and relied perhaps too much on a paternal sympathy.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • He was, he thought, a cleverer man than Henge, a man of more intrinsic weight.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick

  • Henge and his mother were coming down to Clievesbury to spend some weeks at Enthorpe.

    The Confounding of Camelia

    Anne Douglas Sedgwick


British Dictionary definitions for henge

henge

noun
  1. a circular area, often containing a circle of stones or sometimes wooden posts, dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages
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Word Origin for henge

back formation from Stonehenge
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Word Origin and History for henge

n.

1740, noted as a Yorkshire word for structures such as Stonehenge.

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