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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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