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  • adj. Constructed by laying carefully selected stones on top of each other, and bedding them down with no mortar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Constructed of uncemented stone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Composed of stones not cemented with mortar: as, “drystone walls”, Scott.


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  • Not only is the setting splendid, but the drive to get here, along narrow lanes lined with dry-stone walls and punctuated with rustic farms and remote villages, is highly scenic too.

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  • The severe frost heaving, which causes the stone walls to move up in the winter then back down in spring when the ground thaws, often doesn't cause damage to dry-stone wall construction (walls that don't use mortar or cement to bond the rocks together).

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  • Cornish hedges are similar to dry-stone walls but with a wider earth core between the stone sides and a wide concave top, or "batter".

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  • Flashing by, behind hedgerows, dry-stone walls, and houses, was a view to still the heart: the flat, built-up bowl of the city bathed in a rosy light falling softly from the west, the dark green of the sea to the east broken only by the flecked white wakes of ships and sailboats threading in and out from Dublin port and Dun Laoghaire harbour.

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  • Machu Picchu, Peru for sure!! built in the classical Inca style, with polished dry-stone walls, a magical place, breathtaki­ng, amazing culture, warm people, beautiful art and crafts...

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  • The stoat scampers along the dry-stone wall, lightly cresting the lichen-covered coping stones.

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  • Richardson & Wrench The property has dry-stone walls, a vegetable garden, citrus orchard and parterre, or ornamental garden shown with peony trees and roses.

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  • Last year, my partner Ro and I explored the islands of Inis Meán and Inis Oirr, clambering over dry-stone walls, walking down ancient boreens accompanied by Tim Robinson's increasingly dog-eared map.

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  • Each time you see one of his grain sacks or dry-stone walls, you are reminded of all that went before: plain things, universal, ancient and yet unarguably modern.

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  • Seconds after it passed me, still on the wrong side, the bike met a car coming the other way, which swerved off the road and piled into a dry-stone wall.

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