A dolmen in Brittany.
a Neolithic tomb or monument consisting of a large, flat stone laid across upright stones; cromlech
Origin of dolmenFrench ; from Breton taol, table + men, stone
See portal tomb.
Origin of dolmenFrench (introduced in 1792 as a technical term by Théophile Malo de La Tour d'Auvergne-Corret, French soldier and antiquarian ), either from Cornish dolmen, form (with grammatical mutation of the initial consonant) of tolmen, dolmen, literally “hole of stone” (Cornish tol, hole (since people or animals can pass under a dolmen); akin to Welsh twll and Old Irish toll + Cornish men, stone; akin to Breton maen; see menhir), or from misinterpretation of Breton *daolvaen, form (with grammatical mutation the initial consonant) of *taolvaen, literally, “table of stone” (Breton taol, table from Middle Breton, from Latin tabula, board + Breton maen, stone; see menhir).