tholos

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

Nearby words

  1. thohoyandou,
  2. thokk,
  3. thole,
  4. tholeiite,
  5. tholobate,
  6. tholus,
  7. thoma's ampulla,
  8. thomas,
  9. thomas aquinas,
  10. thomas aquinas, saint

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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