- Archaeology. an artificial mound, especially over a grave; barrow.
- Geology. a domelike swelling or mound formed in congealed lava.
Origin of tumulus
Related Words for tumulimountain, rise, hillock, shock, drift, dune, pile, bank, embankment, knoll, mass, stack, molehill, anthill, tumulus, mote, hog, hill, mound, gurry
Examples from the Web for tumuli
Historical Examples of tumuli
He was to ascertain when the tumuli, or mounds, were built, and for what use.Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 1 (of 3)
James Athearn Jones
In its vicinity are the remains of more than one hundred tumuli.
These tumuli approach in dimensions closely to the pyramids of Egypt.
Ancient Indian tumuli and graves are often found in this neighbourhood.
The present race of aborigines can tell nothing of these tumuli.
- archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow 2
Word Origin for tumulus
ancient burial mound, 1680s, from Latin tumulus "hillock," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh).