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tumulus

[ too-myuh-luhs, tyoo- ]

noun

, plural tu·mu·lus·es, tu·mu·li [too, -my, uh, -lahy, tyoo, -].
  1. Archaeology. an artificial mound, especially over a grave; barrow.
  2. Geology. a domelike swelling or mound formed in congealed lava.


tumulus

/ ˈtjuːmjʊləs /

noun

  1. See barrow
    archaeol (no longer in technical usage) another word for barrow 2


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Word History and Origins

Origin of tumulus1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of tumulus1

C17: from Latin: a hillock, from tumēre to swell up

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Example Sentences

The pile was then fired and when wood and body had been consumed, earth was heaped over the ashes into a mound (tumulus).

It is on this summit, and on one of the most elevated parts of it, that the great tumulus stands.

We have, indeed, in Thessaly, "a large tumulus which contained a silver urn with burned remains."

The monuments were generally adequately protected against this by the thick tumulus.

The tumulus was enlarged proportionately and usually completely covered the chamber.

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