Definitions

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  • n. A stone coffin in the form of a pit covered with earth and surrounded by stones.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Celtic monument, commonly known as a dolmen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See cistraen.

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Examples

  • I also discovered what a kistvaen is by the simple process of falling into one (a burial hole ill-covered by a cracked and unbalanced slab of stone), and we met a herd of immensely shaggy, long-horned highland cattle, looking very much like prehistoric creatures recently risen from some weed-grown swamp.

    The Moor

  • This was done about half a century since, but the kistvaen that was found only contained some prehistoric ashes, of far earlier date than Geraint; the gold boat and silver oars were not visible.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • Traces of old habitation abound; there are many barrows and one perfect kistvaen.

    The Cornwall Coast

  • In the Lundy kistvaen no skeleton was found, nor anything, indeed, save a small fragment of pottery, though "there was a rank odour in the cavity, very different from that of newly turned earth."

    Lynton and Lynmouth A Pageant of Cliff & Moorland

  • Close by are a sacred circle, a kistvaen, a pound and hut-circles, and one cairn, besides the ruins of others that have been destroyed.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • Drizzlecombe, near Sheep's Tor, is rich in a variety of antiquities, for it has three stone rows, a large tumulus, a kistvaen, and a later relic -- a miner's blowing-house.

    Devon, Its Moorlands, Streams and Coasts

  • Thereupon do thou immediately fold the covering round them, and bury them in a kistvaen, in the strongest place thou hast in thy dominions, and hide them in the earth.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 4

  • And in their sleep, Lludd folded the covering around them, and in the securest place he had in Snowdon, he hid them in a kistvaen.

    The Junior Classics — Volume 4

  • Christ, but before history -- the stone circles, the cairns and the cromlechs, the kistvaen and the barrows!

    Set in Silver

  • Thereupon do thou immediately fold the covering around them, and bury them in a kistvaen, in the strongest place thou hast in thy dominions, and hide them in the earth.

    The Mabinogion Vol. 3 (of 3)

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