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cairn


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cairn  \Cairn\,  n.  [Gael.  carn,  gen.  cairn,  a  heap:  cf  Ir  &  W. 
  carn.] 
  1.  A  rounded  or  conical  heap  of  stones  erected  by  early 
  inhabitants  of  the  British  Isles,  apparently  as  a 
  sepulchral  monument. 
 
  Now  here  let  us  place  the  gray  stone  of  her  cairn. 
  --Campbell. 
 
  2.  A  pile  of  stones  heaped  up  as  a  landmark,  or  to  arrest 
  attention,  as  in  surveying,  or  in  leaving  traces  of  an 
  exploring  party,  etc  --C.  Kingsley.  Kane. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cairn 
  n  1:  a  mound  of  stones  piled  up  as  a  memorial  or  to  mark  a 
  boundary  or  path 
  2:  small  rough-haired  breed  of  terrier  from  Scotland  [syn:  {cairn 
  terrier}] 




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