Definitions

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

  • noun A beehive-shaped stone tomb of Mycenaean Greece, roofed by corbeling and usually built into the side of a hill.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as tholus.

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  • noun A dome, or domed building; a cupola.
  • noun A dome-shaped tomb from the Mycenaean period of Ancient Greece.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek, round building with a conical roof.]

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From Ancient Greek θόλος (tholos, "dome")

Examples

  • "Our kids thought we were crazy," says Stephen Snooks, who moved from Derby, England, to a 300-year-old trullo (from the Greek troulos or tholos, meaning dome) about four years ago.

    A Starter House in Italy

  • (The name derives from the Greek troulos or tholos, meaning dome.)

    Trulli yours in Italy

  • During the last week of the excavations, the central tholos of the Macellum was cleaned on the occasion of the visit of the KULeuven Alumni.

    The Macellum: Report 2 « Interactive Dig Sagalassos – City in the Clouds

  • One trip promises a trip to the tholos tombs at Mycenae, wherein the lucky traveller will get to experience the guide “toning” inside the great beehive vault.

    Druids, New Agers and Archaeologists

  • So far, the central courtyard – featuring in the middle a round monument or tholos – the western row of shops, the southern portico and the southern half of the eastern row of shops have been excavated.

    The Macellum: Aims 2009 « Interactive Dig Sagalassos – City in the Clouds

  • The central figure on the upper level tholos may be the fertility goddess of Petra, El-Uzza.

    Treasury at Petra (Al Khazneh)

  • The tomb/temple got its popular name from the Bedouin belief that pirates hid ancient treasures in the tholos giant stone urn which stands in the center of the second level.

    Treasury at Petra (Al Khazneh)

  • The tomb/temple got its popular name from the Bedouin belief that pirates hid ancient treasures in the tholos giant stone urn which stands in the center of the second level.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • The central figure on the upper level tholos may be the fertility goddess of Petra, El-Uzza.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Meanwhile, recent excavations in northern Laconia, outside the village of Pellana, have uncovered a Bronze Age cemetery, complete with big and imposing beehive tholos tombs—the largest such tombs found anywhere.

    The Trojan War

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