from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An ancient grave mound; a barrow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mound of earth, especially one placed over a prehistoric tomb; a barrow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An artificial hillock, especially one raised over a grave, particularly over the graves of persons buried in ancient times; a barrow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sepulchral mound, as the famous Mound of Marathon raised over the bodies of those Athenians who fell in repelling the invading Persians; a barrow; very frequently, a mound covering and inclosing a more or less elaborate structure of masonry.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
In process of time the word tumulus was in great measure looked upon as a tomb; and tumulo signified to bury.
"In this parish (Church Over,") says Dugdale, "upon the old Roman Way, called Watling Strete, is to be seen a very great tumulus, which is of that magnitude, that it puts travellers beside the usual road," and a
Not far from his house is an astonishing modern "tumulus," or mound of hewn and squared stones.
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.
Twigs were neatly arranged in a necklace around the black-holed omphalos of each gleaming tumulus.
Nash loves this dark tumulus: another burial mound of an extinct industry.
At the end of 4,000 BC a tumulus culture was established in the area connected with the wave of migrations from eastern Asia.
Greek tumbos, Latin tumulus were cognates of tumere, to swell, to be pregnant.
Ancient Danish skull from a tumulus at Borreby: one-third of the natural size.
Above, we see curious visitors admiring a huge tumulus or burial mound, the most noble form of Etruscan burial at the site.