dolmen

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English[edit]

A dolmen in Portugal.

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing 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.

Noun[edit]

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.

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Not to be confused with dolman.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ American Heritage Dictionary

Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French dolmen.

Noun[edit]

dolmen m ‎(plural dolmens)

  1. (Jersey) dolmen