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tholos

[thoh-los, -lohs]
noun, plural tho·loi [thoh-loi] /ˈθoʊ lɔɪ/.
  1. (in classical architecture)
    1. a circular building.
    2. a small, round structure, as a lantern.
    3. a circular subterranean tomb, lined with masonry.
  2. a subterranean domed tomb chamber of the Mycenaean age.
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Origin of tholos

First recorded in 1895–1900, tholos is from the Greek word thólos literally, rotunda
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Historical Examples of tholos

  • The Tholos of Atreus was itself subterranean; the exterior of the conical mass of masonry was covered with a hill of earth.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • It is the same shaft, diminishing from summit to base, which has been noticed upon the portal front of the Tholos of Atreus.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • An entrance-passage, the dromos, led from the valley to the tholos in a gently inclined ascent.

    History of Ancient Art

    Franz von Reber

  • When Pausanias speaks of the tholos at Epidaurus a second time, he does not call it by that name, but .

  • Below this stratum was an older shaft grave, as is usual in tholos interments; it had been plundered?


British Dictionary definitions for tholos

tholos

noun plural -loi (-lɔɪ)
  1. a dry-stone beehive-shaped tomb associated with the Mycenaean culture of Greece in the 16th to the 12th century bc
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Word Origin for tholos

C17: from Greek
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