tumulus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tumulus (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tumulus An artificial hillock, especially one raised over a grave, particularly over the graves of persons buried in ancient times; a barrow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tumulus A sepulchral mound, as the famous Mound of Marathon raised over the bodies of those Athenians who fell in repelling the invading Persians; a barrow; very frequently, a mound covering and inclosing a more or less elaborate structure of masonry. The raising of mounds over the tombs of the dead, particularly of distinguished persons, or those slain in battle, was a usual practice among very many peoples from the most remote antiquity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tumulus tū′mū-lus a mound of earth over a grave: a barrow
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a mound, a sepulchral mound, probably from tumere, to swell. Cf. Tumid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—tumēre, to swell.

Usage

In literature:

A barrow or tumulus is about fifteen to twenty feet high and seventy to a hundred feet in diameter.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
At this place was a vast Indian mount or tumulus, with a great terrace.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
There is a tumulus or barrow between Viborg and Holstebro.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
The tumulus is 25 feet high, and covers a fine gallery 40 feet long, the stones of which bear the markings alluded to.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
The windows are blocked up with stones, the exterior is a mere mound of grass like a sepulchral tumulus.
"James VI and the Gowrie Mystery" by Andrew Lang
Here were the pyramid, the obelisk, and the tumulus, in their most diminutive forms.
"A Morning's Walk from London to Kew" by Richard Phillips
There was the rough, long, boulder-strewn ridge, continuing away from this great natural tumulus which dominated it.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
They sat on the tumulus where they had sat often before.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. 9" by Various
Moat does not mean a place with water, but a tumulus or barrow.
"Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" by William Butler Yeats
Meiris-haugr therefore might have been synonymous with the how, or tumulus of this fabulous sea king.
"Notice of Runic Inscriptions Discovered during Recent Excavations in the Orkneys" by James Farrer
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In poetry:

Outside the house a figure
Came from the tumulus near,
And speedily waxed bigger,
And clasped and called her Dear.
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy
Then grinned the Ancient Briton
From the tumulus treed with pine:
'So, hearts are thwartly smitten
In these days as in mine!'
"The Moth-Signal (On Egdon Heath)" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Human skeleton found in center of Fort Tyler tumulus .
The Fort Tyler tumulus , unfortunately, ended up going the way of so many other Indian earthworks in Wayne County.
Human skeleton found in the center of Fort Tyler tumulus .
Plain, Clinton Township's Fort Tyler an impressive and 'complete' tumulus .
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