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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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Their mysteries are still being unravelled by those looking into their astronominal significance, but the circles of menhirs are recognised as being 'holy places' that are an 'incomparable testimony to prehistoric times'.
Mais en profondeur, c'est un champ de coquilles vides qui s'amoncellent la ou auparavant les specimens de ce bivalve en forme de moule geante se dressaient, a la verticale comme des menhirs miniatures, a demi-enfonces dans le sable, dans les herbiers de posidonie.
From a standing point looking east from inside the complex of menhirs and dolmens on the morning of the summer equinox, the sun rises directly behind what is known as the heel stone, a sarsen block some 77 metres from Stonehenge.
Players can then summon divine lightning bolts and fling Obelix's menhirs at the legionary to send him back to earth or use an early version of a self-propelled helicopter, or an owl, which teaches him to fly, to make sure he stays at a higher level.
As I walked towards the outdoor swimming pool at Des Menhirs holiday park in Brittany, I felt a sense of pride.
Over 100 menhirs, rising almost 15 feet tall, stand at the excavation site and leave the visitors awestruck and and the villagers of Vangchhia had been preserving the menhirs for years.
The menhirs represent humanity's early religious aspirations, maybe also playing the role of the carvings in Plato's allegory of the cave, whose shadows are cast upon the wall.
Another day we headed to Carnac where there are thousands of giant monolithic stones known as menhirs, dating to the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods.
Menhirs are believed to be part of a Neolithic fertility rite, and scholars see them as proof the ancient inhabitants had knowledge of architecture, astronomy, mathematics, and geology.
These include megalithic structures such as dolmens, Menhirs, Avebury, Stonehenge, and the Great Pyramid.
Tenders are invited for Sr Plan To Menhirs And Caves At Vengchhia, Dist.Champai, Mizoram 2015-16
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.[beaucoup plus grand que] (p457) Les personnages de ce roman passent en partie le plus clair de leur temps dans le Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers a Paris.