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tumulus

[too-myuh-luh s, tyoo-]
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noun, plural tu·mu·lus·es, tu·mu·li [too-myuh-lahy, tyoo-] /ˈtu myəˌlaɪ, ˈtyu-/.
  1. Archaeology. an artificial mound, especially over a grave; barrow.
  2. Geology. a domelike swelling or mound formed in congealed lava.
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Origin of tumulus

1680–90; < Latin: mound, swelling, equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ulus -ule
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tumulus

noun plural -li (-liː)
  1. archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow 2
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: a hillock, from tumēre to swell up
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Word Origin and History for tumuli

tumulus

n.

ancient burial mound, 1680s, from Latin tumulus "hillock," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh).

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