Origin of kistvaen

1705–15; < Welsh cist faen stone coffin, equivalent to cist coffin (see cist2) + faen, lenited form of maen stone; see menhir Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of kistvaen

  • The Cnoc was a rounded, sugar-loaf mound of earth, and the Duma was a similar mound raised over a kistvaen.

  • One ruined cairn with a kistvaen in it is still called "The Crock of Gold," but probably bronze was the metal chiefly found.

  • The Fert was a rectangular chamber, composed of stones set upright, and covered horizontally with flags; in a word, a kistvaen.

  • And in their sleep, Lludd folded the covering around them, and in the securest place he had in Snowdon, he hid them in a kistvaen.

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