cairn


cairn

noun

  1. a heap of stones set up as a landmark, monument, tombstone, etc.

noun

  1. a mound of stones erected as a memorial or marker
  2. Also called: cairn terrier a small rough-haired breed of terrier originally from Scotland
n.

1530s, from Scottish carne, from Gaelic carn “heap of stones, rocky hill,” akin to Gaulish karnon “horn,” from PIE root *ker-n- “highest part of the body, horn,” thus “tip, peak” (see horn (n.)).

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