menhir

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

PIE word
*méǵh₂s
Ar Brigourien (The Talkers), a pair of menhirs on Île de Sein, an island which is part of Brittany, France.

Either borrowed from French menhir, or from its etymon Breton maen-hir (literally long stone), from maen (stone) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *méǵh₂s (big, great)) + hir (long) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *seh₁- (long; lasting)). The English word is cognate with Cornish mênhere, Welsh maen hir.[1]

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Noun[edit]

menhir (plural menhirs)

  1. (archaeology) A single tall standing stone as a monument, especially one dating to prehistoric times.
    Synonym: orthostat

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References[edit]

  1. ^ menhir, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “menhir, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.

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Dutch[edit]

Dutch Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nl

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French menhir, from Breton maen-hir.

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Noun[edit]

menhir m (plural menhirs, diminutive menhirtje n)

  1. (archaeology) menhir

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia fr

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Breton maen-hir, from maen (stone) +‎ hir (tall) (compare Welsh maen hir, Cornish mênhere).

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Noun[edit]

menhir m (plural menhirs)

  1. (archaeology) menhir

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
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menhir

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French menhir, from Breton maen-hir, from maen (stone) +‎ hir (tall).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

menhir m inan

  1. (archaeology) menhir (standing stone as a monument)

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Further reading[edit]

  • menhir in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • menhir in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Romanian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia ro

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French menhir, from Breton maen-hir.

Noun[edit]

menhir n (plural menhire)

  1. (archaeology) menhir

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia es

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French menhir, from Breton maen-hir.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /meˈniɾ/, [meˈniɾ]

Noun[edit]

menhir m (plural menhires)

  1. (archaeology) menhir

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