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ˈtu myə ləs, ˈtyu-; -ˌlaɪtu·mu·lus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. burial mound, grave mound, barrow, tumulusnoun

    (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs


  1. tumulusnoun

    A mound of earth, especially one placed over a prehistoric tomb; a barrow.

  2. Etymology: From tumulus, from tumeo.


  1. tumulus

    A tumulus is an ancient burial mound or barrow, typically made of earth or stones, raised over a grave or graves. They are usually found in archaeological sites and are significant in the study of ancient cultures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tumulusnoun

    an artificial hillock, especially one raised over a grave, particularly over the graves of persons buried in ancient times; a barrow


  1. Tumulus

    A tumulus is a mound of earth and stones raised over a grave or graves. Tumuli are also known as barrows, burial mounds, Hügelgräber or kurgans, and can be found throughout much of the world. A cairn, might also be originally a tumulus. A long barrow is a long tumulus, usually for numbers of burials. The method of inhumation may involve a dolmen, a cist, a mortuary enclosure, a mortuary house or a chamber tomb. Examples of barrows include Duggleby Howe and Maeshowe. The word tumulus is Latin for 'mound' or 'small hill', from the PIE root *teuh2- with extended zero grade *tum-, 'to bulge, swell' also found in tumor, thumb, thigh and thousand.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tumulus

    tū′mū-lus, n. a mound of earth over a grave: a barrow:—pl. Tū′mūlī.—adjs. Tū′mūlar, -y, Tū′mūlous.—v.t. Tū′mūlate, to cover with a mound.—n. Tūmūlos′ity. [L.,—tumēre, to swell.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumulus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tumulus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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