burian

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bürȝen, from Old English byrgen, burgen (burying-place, grave, sepulchre, tomb, burial), from Proto-Germanic *burginnijō (burial), from Proto-Indo-European *bhergh- (to shelter, protect, save, preserve). Related to Old English byrgan (to raise a mound, hide, bury, inter). More at bury.

Noun[edit]

burian (plural burians)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A tomb; sepulchre.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A barrow; mound; tumulus; a kind of fortification.
  3. (Now chiefly dialectal, Scotland) A camp; hill-fort.