a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path
cairn, cairn terrier(noun)
small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotland
A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.
Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn. -Campbell.
A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
A cairn terrier.
Origin: From cairn, from carn; compare Old Irish carn, Welsh carn, probably from a word meaning ‘horn’.
a rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument
a pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc
Origin: [Gael. carn, gen. cairn, a heap: cf. Ir. & W. carn.]
Cairn is a man-made pile of stones. It comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn. Cairns are found all over the world in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near waterways and on sea cliffs, and also in barren desert and tundra areas. They vary in size from small stone markers to entire artificial hills, and in complexity from loose, conical rock piles to delicately balanced sculptures and elaborate feats of megalithic engineering. Cairns may be painted or otherwise decorated, e.g. for increased visibility or for religious reasons. In modern times, cairns are often erected as landmarks, a use they have had since ancient times. Since prehistory, they have also been built as sepulchral monuments, or used for defensive, hunting, ceremonial, astronomical and other purposes.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kārn, n. a heap of stones, esp. one raised over a grave, or as a landmark on a mountain-top.—n. Cairn′gorm-stone, or simply Cairngorm, a name often given by jewellers to brown or yellow quartz or rock-crystal, because found among the Cairngorm Mountains in Aberdeenshire. [Celt. carn.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a heap of stones often, though not always, loosely thrown together, generally by way of a sepulchral monument, and it would seem sometimes in execration of some foul deed.
The numerical value of cairn in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of cairn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
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