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henge

[ henj ]
/ hɛndʒ /
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noun Archaeology.

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 stanstone + -heng, probably originally “something hanging”; cf. hinge
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British Dictionary definitions for henge

henge
/ (hɛndʒ) /

noun

a circular area, often containing a circle of stones or sometimes wooden posts, dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages

Word Origin for henge

back formation from Stonehenge
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