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[meg-uh-lith] /ˈmɛg ə lɪθ/

a stone of great size, especially in ancient construction work, as the Cyclopean masonry, or in prehistoric Neolithic remains, as dolmens or menhirs.
a stone of great size, esp one forming part of a prehistoric monument See also alignment (sense 6), circle (sense 11)

1836, from mega- “large” + lithos “stone” (see litho-) + -ic.

huge prehistoric stone, 1853, back-formation from megalithic.


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