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meg·a·lith

 (mĕg′ə-lĭth′)
n.
A very large stone used in various prehistoric architectures or monumental styles, notably in western Europe between 5000 and 2000 bc.

meg′a·lith′ic adj.

megalith

(ˈmɛɡəlɪθ)
n
(Archaeology) a stone of great size, esp one forming part of a prehistoric monument. See also alignment6, circle11
ˌmegaˈlithic adj

meg•a•lith

(ˈmɛg ə lɪθ)

n.
a stone of great size, esp. in ancient constructions, as at Stonehenge.
[1850–55]
meg`a•lith′ic, adj.

megalith

a stone of great size, as found in the monuments and constructions of ancient, particularly prehistoric, peoples. — megalithic, adj.
See also: Stones

megalith

Any very large stone used in prehistoric buildings or monuments, especially in western Europe.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.megalith - memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)megalith - memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
cromlech, dolmen, portal tomb - a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone
monument, memorial - a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
menhir, standing stone - a tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
Translations

megalith

[ˈmegəlɪθ] Nmegalito m

megalith

nMegalith m

megalith

[ˈmɛgəlɪθ] nmegalite m
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A Aeroliths B Stegaliths C Mystoliths D Megaliths 9.
As evidence of this attention to the heavens, around 5000 BC large monuments were built whose positioning seems to be closely related to the observation of the movements of the sun and other stars, such as Stonehenge's famous megaliths.
TONIGHT Britain's Ancient Tracks with Tony Robinson C4, 8pm If your idea of a nice stroll includes visits to megaliths, burial sites, ley lines and hidden caves, then you might want to follow in Tony Robinson's footsteps and explore some of Britain's ancient tracks.
IF your idea of a nice stroll includes visits to megaliths, burial sites and hidden caves, then you might want to follow in Tony Robinson's footsteps and explore some of Britain's ancient tracks.
This declaration highlights the need to push ahead in the research of the Neolithic and Copper Age periods, when the megalithic phenomenon developed and the three large Antequera megaliths, Menga, Viera and El Romeral, were built.
Some subjects examined include the Scillonian entrance graves, chambered cairns and settlements during the Orcadian Neolithic, ritual and religion in Neolithic Crete, the megaliths of northern Guernsey, and evidence for ritual surrounding the unclothed human body on prehistoric Malta during the temple period.
Visiting the powerful, ancient stones, connecting with their energy, and learning the lingo of the mysterious megaliths await, as I pass holm oak, olive, and cork trees in the picturesque and alluring Alentejo region of Portugal, which makes up about one third of the country.
Archaeologists have found the remnants of prehistoric cultures that navigated the Red and Arabian Seas 8,000 years ago; these early travelers and traders left behind impressive megaliths.
During the Second World War, Nash's megaliths were replaced by fallen planes.
Obama said as he wandered starry-eyed in his shirt sleeves among the towering stone megaliths.
Named Gobekli Tepe, or "Potbelly Hill" in Turkish, the stone megaliths of Gobekli Tepe predate Stonehenge by 6,000 years.
But the new localism is less concerned to protest corporate megaliths, in the manner of let-wing activists of the past, than to rediscover community in commerce and everyday life.