tumulus

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From Latin tumulus (mound, hill), from tumeō (I swell).

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tumulus (plural tumuli)

  1. (archaeology) A mound of earth, especially one placed over a prehistoric tomb; a barrow.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 2, chapter 1
      They planted the cannon on the tumuli, sole elevations in this level country, and formed themselves into column and hollow square.
    • 2004, Douglas Keister, Stories in Stone, Gibbs Smith (publisher), ISBN 1-58685-321-X, page 14:
      The tumulus is one of mankind's oldest burial monuments, dating back to 4,000 to 5,000 years B.C.

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Etymology[edit]

From tumeō (I swell).

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tumulus m (genitive tumulī); second declension

  1. A heap of earth, mound, hill, knoll, hillock.
  2. A barrow, grave, tumulus.

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Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative tumulus tumulī
genitive tumulī tumulōrum
dative tumulō tumulīs
accusative tumulum tumulōs
ablative tumulō tumulīs
vocative tumule tumulī

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  • tumulus in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • tumulus in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “tumulus”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • tumulus” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • on the edge of the hill: ad extremum tumulum
  • tumulus in The Perseus Project (1999) Perseus Encyclopedia[2]
  • tumulus in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers