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men·hir

 (mĕn′hîr′)
[French, from Breton : men, stone (from Middle Breton) + hir, long (from Middle Breton).]

menhir

(ˈmɛnhɪə)
n
(Archaeology) 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
[C19: from Breton men stone + hir long]

men•hir

(ˈmɛn hɪr)

n.
an upright monumental stone found chiefly in Cornwall and Brittany.
[1830–40; < Breton men hir literally, long stone]

menhir

an upright, monumental stone, as a cromlech, standing by itself or in a group or circle with others.
See also: Stones

menhir

A prehistoric monument consisting of a single large standing stone, found especially in the British Isles and northern France.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.menhir - a tall upright megalithmenhir - a tall upright megalith; found primarily in England and northern France
megalith, megalithic structure - memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
Translations

menhir

[ˈmenhɪəʳ] Nmenhir m

menhir

n (Archeol) → Menhir m
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Tenders are invited for Making Of 5 To 7 Minutes Duration Short Films On Menhirs And Caves At Vengchhia, Champai,Mizoram
Dans ce roman postmoderne, le monde est purement allegorique, se donne a lire comme une grande Metaphore ou le sublunaire et l'astral sont l'image renversee du tellurique, ou le souterrain communique avec le firmament, ou les constructions phalliques (megalithes, dolmens, Eiffel, menhirs, obelisques, gratte-ciels, pyramides, colonnes-) sont les mediums entre les courants chtoniens et l'ordre des constellations stellaires, ou [beaucoup moins que]ce qui se trouve dessus est isomorphe a ce qui se trouve dessous.
As well as having a nice beach, Carnac is principally known for being one of the three most important megalithic sites in Brittany and is where 4,000 menhirs - standing stones - and tombs stand in row upon row, stretching over four kilometres.
Furthermore, there are parallels in the initial (fifth millennium BC) tradition of menhirs in both regions, and similarities in the motifs that are employed.
Il est vrai que l'on retrouve des menhirs en Afrique du Nord, mais de la a echafauder des theories historiques, cela n'est pas de mon ressort.
In Magritte's paintings "voluminous masses, stones or menhirs whose shadows stretch forth on the ground beside that of the man.
An example of the latter, an array of forty lacquered wood menhirs with small formal variations, greeted viewers at the show's entrance.
Then it would have been discovered that this object and others like it was malleable when heated and could be worked into different shapes, thus gold assumed an aesthetic dimension as necklaces were achieved, belt hooks, brooches, clothing pins, inlaid armour or the votive pieces used in religious ceremonies, this still being discovered today in dolmens or menhirs, wherever, in fact, a vanished civilisation has left evidence of former grandeur.
In his printmaking, as in his painting, he frequently took as his subject matter cottages and castles, abbeys and churches, mountains and menhirs, houses, coastlines, beaches, piers and harbours.
In her concluding stanza, Spaziani writes: "the most famed marble can suddenly reveal / flaws more slender than a hair, / then everything cracks, crumbles, and the vain menhirs / melt into wind-swirls, they suck away your name.
15 Southwell A French village in Brittany famous for the Carnac stones, a dense collection of megalithic dolmens, tumuli and single menhirs.
Single menhirs are often found close to the circles.