[ tom-buh-loh ]
/ ˈtɒm bəˌloʊ /
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noun, plural tom·bo·los.
a sand bar connecting an island to the mainland or to another island.
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Origin of tombolo
1899; <Italian <Latin tumulus mound. See tumulus
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British Dictionary definitions for tombolo
/ (ˈtɒmbəˌləʊ) /
noun plural -los
a narrow sand or shingle bar linking a small island with another island or the mainland
Word Origin for tombolo
C20: from Italian, from Latin tumulus mound; see tumulus
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Scientific definitions for tombolo
[ tŏm′bə-lō′ ]
A sand or gravel bar that connects an island to the mainland or to another island.
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