dolmen

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English[edit]

A dolmen in Portugal.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French dolmen. Perhaps incorrectly fabricated from Breton taol maen (stone table): taol (table) + maen (stone) (the correct compound would be *taolvaen, not *daolmaen[1]). See also menhir.

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dolmen (plural dolmens)

  1. A prehistoric megalithic tomb consisting of a capstone supported by two or more upright stones, most having originally been covered with earth or smaller stones to form a barrow.
  2. More generally, any megalithic tomb, including passage graves and wedge tombs.

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Not to be confused with dolman.

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French dolmen.

Noun[edit]

dolmen m (plural dolmens)

  1. (Jersey) dolmen