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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. A mound of earth placed over prehistoric tombs. Also known as a barrow.
2. A dome-shaped swelling formed in cooling lava.
From Latin tumere (to swell). Earliest documented use: 1686.
“Anthropologists have suggested [Mima mounds] might be tumuli marking ancient burials.”
Gopher Broke; The Economist (London, UK); Dec 14, 2013.
“Many inflation features are present on the flow, including the tumulus in upper right.”
Megan Moseley; Lava Advances 50 Yards, Edging Closer to Highway; Honolulu Star-Advertiser (Hawaii); Jan 27, 2015.
See more usage examples of tumulus in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. -Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter, architect, and poet (6 Mar 1475-1564)