- a sand bar connecting an island to the mainland or to another island.
Origin of tombolo
1899; < Italian < Latin tumulus mound. See tumulus
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- a narrow sand or shingle bar linking a small island with another island or the mainland
C20: from Italian, from Latin tumulus mound; see tumulus
Word Origin and History for tombolo
1899, from Italian tombolo "sand dune," from Latin tumulus "hillock, mound" (see thigh).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A sand or gravel bar that connects an island to the mainland or to another island.
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