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A group of standing stones on Salisbury Plain in southern England. Dating to c. 2200-1800 bc, the megaliths are enclosed by a circular ditch and embankment that may date to c. 3000. The arrangement of the stones suggests that Stonehenge was used as a religious center and also as an astronomical observatory.
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1. (Placename) a prehistoric ruin in S England, in Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain: constructed over the period of roughly 3000–1600 bc; one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe; believed to have had religious and astronomical purposes
2. (Archaeology) a prehistoric ruin in S England, in Wiltshire on Salisbury Plain: constructed over the period of roughly 3000–1600 bc; one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe; believed to have had religious and astronomical purposes
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a prehistoric megalithic monument on Salisbury Plain, in S England, dating to late Neolithic and early Bronze Age times (3rd to 2nd millennium B.C.): believed to have had religious or astronomical functions.
[-henge, probably orig. “something hanging”; compare hinge]
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|Noun||1.||Stonehenge - an ancient megalithic monument in southern England; probably used for ritual purposes|
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