cairn

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From Scots cairn, from Scottish Gaelic carn (heap of stones); compare Old Irish carn, Welsh carn, probably from a Proto-Celtic word meaning ‘horn’.

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cairn (plural cairns)

  1. A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.
    Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn. -Campbell.
  2. A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
  3. A cairn terrier.

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