Tumulus definition

to͝omyə-ləs, tyo͝o-
An ancient grave mound; a barrow.
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An artificial mound; esp., an ancient burial mound; barrow.
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(archaeology) A mound of earth, especially one placed over a prehistoric tomb; a barrow.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tumulus
Plural:
tumuli

Origin of tumulus

  • Latin teuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin tumulus (“mound, hill"), from tumeō (“I swell").

    From Wiktionary