menhir







menhir


noun Archaeology.

  1. an upright monumental stone standing either alone or with others, as in an alignment, found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.

noun

  1. a single standing stone, often carved, dating from the middle Bronze Age in the British Isles and from the late Neolithic Age in W Europe

n.“upright monumental stone,” 1834, literally “long stone,” from French menhir (19c.), from Breton men “stone” + hir “long,” from PIE *se-ro-, from root *se- “long, late” (see soiree). Cognate with Welsh maen hir, Cornish medn hir.

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