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1. A portal tomb.
2. A prehistoric monument consisting of a group of megaliths, sometimes arranged in a circle or in concentric circles.

[Welsh : crom, feminine of crwm, arched + llech, stone.]


1. (Archaeology) a circle of prehistoric standing stones
2. (Archaeology) (no longer in technical usage) a megalithic chamber tomb or dolmen
[C17: from Welsh, from crom, feminine of crwm bent, arched + llech flat stone]


(ˈkrɒm lɛk)

(no longer in technical use) a megalithic chamber tomb.
[1595–1605; < Welsh, =crom bent, curved, crooked (feminine of crwm) + lech, comb. form of llech flat stone]


- Is Welsh for "arched stone" and means "any megalithic chamber tomb."
See also related terms for tomb.


A prehistoric circle of standing stones, sometimes encircling a mound.
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Noun1.cromlech - a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstonecromlech - a prehistoric megalithic tomb typically having two large upright stones and a capstone
megalith, megalithic structure - memorial consisting of a very large stone forming part of a prehistoric structure (especially in western Europe)
References in classic literature ?
The Celtic dolmen and cromlech, the Etruscan tumulus, the Hebrew galgal, are words.
Here you may find nests of the strong down partridge and peewit, but take care that the keeper isn't down upon you; and in the middle of it is an old cromlech, a huge flat stone raised on seven or eight others, and led up to by a path, with large single stones set up on each side.
Who had placed those rocks and stones like cromlechs of prehistoric times?
Peacefully at Guys Cliff Care Home, Colwyn Bay where she received very special care aged 91years, formerly of Cromlech Farm, Glan Conwy.
Pentre Ifan (Ivan's Village ) is a cromlech from around 3,500BC.
Fielding, of Cromlech Park, Portstewart, Co Derry, was at the front of the gang which was spotted moving towards an exit at Coleraine Showgrounds where Blues fans were leaving.
I discover a dolmen is thought to be a burial site for community leaders, while a cromlech is a sanctuary and gathering place on the winter and summer solstice and for other ancient rituals around a grouping of elliptical stones.
Gombault identified and excavated 2 monuments from a cromlech complex in Okabe (Lower Navarra).
Similarly in Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, he had admired David Cromlech, for being "well enough to be able to play an energetic game of football, in spite of having had a bit of shell through his right lung" (107).
The memorial will be located in the village of Langemark in Belgium and the base of the memorial will be four Welsh Blue Pennant stones from the Craig yr Hesg quarry near Pontypridd which will form a Cromlech and a statue of a red bronze dragon will sit on top of the Cromlech.