mámoa

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

excavation of a megalithic tomb at Dombate, Galicia
A mámoa, covered by trees and vegetation

From Latin mammula, diminutive of mamma (breast). Cognate with Portuguese mamoa and Spanish mambla.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mámoa f (plural mámoas)

  1. barrow; a type of megalithic structure found along Atlantic Europe consisting of a tomb (dolmen) inside a round, artificial hill once coated by a layer of stones
    • 2003, Mercedes Vázquez Saavedra, O Courel, Galaxia, page 45:
      Entre a pista e as penas hai unha mámoa cuberta de vexetación no chamado Veiga de Arcas.
      Between the path and the rocks there is a megalithic tomb covered by vegetation in the so-called Meadow of Arcas.
    Synonyms: anta, forno
  2. this same artificial hill
    Synonyms: medoña, medorra

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References[edit]

  • mamoa” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • mamoa” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • mamoa” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • mámoa” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

mámoa f (plural mámoas)

  1. barrow