from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A large earthen mound in the form of an animal, especially one built by any of various Native American peoples of the Ohio and upper Mississippi Valleys.


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  • An effigy mound is a Native-American earthwork. They have recognizable shapes and are distinguished from conical mounds, which are circular, and linear mounds, which are straight.

    A sentence: "There are many effigy mounds in and around Madison, Wisconsin."

    March 26, 2009