Archaeology. an artificial mound, especially over a grave; barrow.
Geology. a domelike swelling or mound formed in congealed lava.
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How to use tumulus in a sentence
After awhile four of them retired to one of the tumuli inland opposite the French fleet.The British Expedition to the Crimea | William Howard Russell
More rarely we find two or more small tumuli side by side, each with one or two chambers.The New Stone Age in Northern Europe | John M. Tyler
Skipwith Common, with its tumuli and ancient turf dwellings, is also in this neighbourhood.
Two other "lowes" or "mounds," apparently tumuli, on the opposite bank of the river.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire | Charles Hardwick
Similar tumuli have been opened in several other places in the county, to which further reference will be made.On Some Ancient Battle-Fields in Lancashire | Charles Hardwick
British Dictionary definitions for tumulus
archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow 2
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