[too-myuh-luh s, tyoo-]
- Archaeology. an artificial mound, especially over a grave; barrow.
- Geology. a domelike swelling or mound formed in congealed lava.
Origin of tumulus
1680–90; < Latin: mound, swelling, equivalent to tum(ēre) to swell + -ulus -ule
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Examples from the Web for tumulus
The earliest tomb was the tumulus or mound of earth, heaped over the dead.
The tumulus may be considered as the most simple and the most ancient form of sepulture.
The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.Notre-Dame de Paris
There are, of course, various modifications of this tumulus.The Prehistoric World
E. A. Allen
At this place was a vast Indian mount or tumulus, with a great terrace.Travels in North America, From Modern Writers
- archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow 2
C17: from Latin: a hillock, from tumēre to swell up
Word Origin and History for tumulus
ancient burial mound, 1680s, from Latin tumulus "hillock," from tumere "to swell" (see thigh).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper