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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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