One of several large masses of silicified sandstone or conglomerate found on or near the ground surface in England and Brittany and believed to be the erosional remains of a sedimentary bed deposited during the Tertiary Period. These masses were used by Neolithic peoples as monoliths.
Origin of sarsen
- Short for Sarsen stone from Early Modern English Sarsen variant of Saracen, Saracen, heathen, pagan (perhaps in reference to the use of sarsens in ancient monuments) Saracen
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition