[ men-hir ]
/ ˈmɛn hɪr /

noun Archaeology.

an upright monumental stone standing either alone or with others, as in an alignment, found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.

Origin of menhir

1830–40; < Breton phrase men hir, equivalent to men stone + hir long Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for menhir


/ (ˈmɛnhɪə) /


a single standing stone, often carved, dating from the middle Bronze Age in the British Isles and from the late Neolithic Age in W Europe

Word Origin for menhir

C19: from Breton men stone + hir long
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