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

  • n. Plural of tumulus.

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  • n. Plural form of tumulus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Plural of tumulus.


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  • Then, plainly visible on both sides of the highway, the great age of the world seems to be revealed with sudden poignancy: we pass the famous burial mounds, the largest prehistoric cemetery in the world, a virtual city of dead people dating back to 3000 B.C. Over 150,000 people were buried here in a vast field of mudpie-like mounds called tumuli, stretching far as the eye can see.

    Richard Bangs: Bahrain: Once Was Paradise

  • Graves are overlooked by the brown and gold of bracken and gorse, extending downhill towards emerald green fields from the hilltop sites of prehistoric tumuli, hut circles and quoits (chamber tombs).

    Country diary: Zennor, Cornwall

  • Cloud shadows scud across the splashy and drier ground where prehistoric circles, tumuli, cairns and reaves subside into the rough vegetation and where attention focuses on the few gnarled and wind-pruned hawthorns.

    Country diary: North Hill, Cornwall

  • My sentence here, and it's one that you can sort of get the meaning of, but it was about the sage brush turning thriving homes in tumuli T-U-M-U-L-I.

    The Life And Times Of Another Irving Berlin

  • But tumuli is the plural of tumulus, and those are those, you know, if you go to Ireland, for example, you see those humps, those mounds, the burial mounds or Indian mounds - usually burial sites - those are tumuli.

    The Life And Times Of Another Irving Berlin

  • After high school, Rich spent a year at a boarding school in Marlborough, England, just north of Stonehenge, because the school had a 10-inch refracting telescope—a larger version of the kind Galileo had used to discover that the Milky Way was full of stars—that was out on the downs, surrounded by Neolithic tumuli.

    A Grand and Bold Thing

  • See also Drangagil Neskaupstaður's disaster tumuli.

    Prunings XLIII

  • (An amphitheater with crescentic tumuli as seatings, by Hargreaves Associates.)

    Agro Park

  • Much of what they find on the way is marked on the map, whose symbols for roads, railways, telephone boxes, tumuli, and so on and on, turn to reality along the way.

    The Map That Came to Life

  • These terracotta figurines were placed around the tumuli of Japanese emperors between the third and seventh centuries A.D.

    Archaeology as Modern Art?


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