tholos

[ thoh-los, -lohs ]
/ ˈθoʊ lɒs, -loʊs /

noun, plural tho·loi [thoh-loi]. /ˈθoʊ lɔɪ/.

(in classical architecture)
  1. a circular building.
  2. a small, round structure, as a lantern.
  3. a circular subterranean tomb, lined with masonry.
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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British Dictionary definitions for tholos

tholos
/ (ˈθəʊlɒs) /

noun plural -loi (-lɔɪ)

a dry-stone beehive-shaped tomb associated with the Mycenaean culture of Greece in the 16th to the 12th century bc

Word Origin for tholos

C17: from Greek
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