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Tumulus \Tu"mu*lus\, n.; pl. Tumuli. [L., a mound, a sepulchral mound, probably from tumere to swell. Cf. Tumid.] An artificial hillock, especially one raised over a grave, particularly over the graves of persons buried in ancient times; a barrow.


n. (en-irregular plural of: tumulus)

Usage examples of "tumuli".

Un suono simile rispose da una capanna di guardia, situata sopra uno dei detti tumuli, capanna che Orazio certo doveva conoscere e della quale i suoi compagni non si erano accorti.

CHAPTER III THERE were grass-grown tumuli on the hills to which of old I used to walk, sit down at the foot of one of them, and think.

The heaps and piles which denote buildings are divided by mounds and tumuli of loose friable soil, white with salt,--miniatures of Babylon, Nineveh, and Troy.

Great numbers of pipes have been found in the raths and tumuli of Ireland, which, there is every reason to believe, were placed there by men of the Prehistoric Period.

It is probable, however, that the tumuli of Ireland antedate the Danes thousands of years.

In Ohio alone there are more than ten thousand tumuli, and from one thousand to fifteen hundred enclosures.

The rocky land gave way toward the horizon to heaps of golden stones jutting up like huge tumuli, untouched by snow.

He knew about the flight of birds, the patterns in lightning flashes, the sounds of thunder or earth movements, numbers, fireballs, shooting stars, eclipses, obelisks, standing stones, pylons, pyramids, spheres, tumuli, obsidian, flint, sky eggs, the shape and color of flames, sacred chickens, and all the convolutions an animal intestine could produce.

I saw them sitting on their haunches, singly and in groups, on the summits of irregular mounds and tumuli filling a half of my desert prospect and extending to the horizon.

Danish tumuli that stood shoulder to shoulder along the highroad, tombs of soldiers.

Beyond these tumuli habitations thickened, and the train came to a standstill in a tangle that was almost a town.

Breathing hard, he abandoned the carving knife in order to relight the flame and in another second, as the glow sprang from beneath the brassy meat cover, Iris Snow experienced a third transcending rush of emotion that took her far beyond rocks and tumuli and even the roast beef and Yorkshire that everyone was now enjoying happily.

The tiny creatures secreted a chemical cement, bonding the minute grains of dirt together so the odd-shaped tumuli glimmered with a metallic purple-and-blue sheen under the intense sunlight.

Shaw River, I was into a world of small hills like tumuli, the road dipping and rising endlessly, the rattle of the Holden on the ridged surface permeating my whole-body.

We could see the small Red Cross parties in the field climbing over the horribly grotesque tumuli of bodies, trying to disentangle the wounded from the dead and administer first aid to them.