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sarsen

[ sahr-suhn ]
/ ˈsɑr sən /
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noun

any of numerous large sandstone blocks or fragments found in south-central England, probably remnants of eroded Tertiary beds.

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Also called Druid stone, graywether.

Origin of sarsen

1635–45; syncopated variant of Saracen, short for Saracen boulder Druid stone
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British Dictionary definitions for sarsen

sarsen
/ (ˈsɑːsən) /

noun

geology a boulder of silicified sandstone, probably of Tertiary age, found in large numbers in S England
such a stone used in a megalithic monument
Also called: greywether

Word Origin for sarsen

C17: probably a variant of Saracen
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