cromlech

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Welsh, from crom (bowed, arched, feminine of crwm) + llech (flat stone),

First element is a Germanic borrowing (compare Irish crom (bent over)) from Proto-Germanic *krumpaz; second element is from Proto-Celtic *ɸlikkā, compare German Fläche (flat surface).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cromlech (plural cromlechs)

  1. A dolmen or ancient underground tomb in Wales, usually made with stones disposed in a circular shape.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      The scenes depicted on the emunctory field, showing our ancient duns and raths and cromlechs and grianauns and seats of learning and maledictive stones, are as wonderfully beautiful and the pigments as delicate as when the Sligo illuminators gave free rein to their artistic fantasy long long ago in the time of the Barmecides.
    Synonym: bowing stone

Translations[edit]


Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From crom (bowed, arched, feminine of crwm) +‎ llech (flat stone).

First element is a Germanic borrowing (compare Irish crom (bent over)) from Proto-Germanic *krumpaz; second element is from Proto-Celtic *ɸlikkā.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

cromlech f (plural cromlechi)

  1. cromlech (Welsh dolmen or underground tomb)

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
cromlech gromlech nghromlech chromlech
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • The Journal of Indo-European Studies (1999)