megalith

[meg-uh-lith]
noun
  1. a stone of great size, especially in ancient construction work, as the Cyclopean masonry, or in prehistoric Neolithic remains, as dolmens or menhirs.

Origin of megalith

First recorded in 1850–55; mega- + -lith
Related formsmeg·a·lith·ic, adjectivepre·meg·a·lith·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for megalithic

megalith

noun
  1. a stone of great size, esp one forming part of a prehistoric monumentSee also alignment (def. 6), circle (def. 11)
Derived Formsmegalithic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for megalithic
adj.

1836, from mega- "large" + lithos "stone" (see litho-) + -ic.

megalith

n.

huge prehistoric stone, 1853, back-formation from megalithic.

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