Nu*ra"ghe (?), n.; It. pl. -
ghi (&?;). Also Nu"ragh (?), etc. [It. dial.
One of the prehistoric towerlike
structures found in Sardinia.
The so-called nuraghi, conical monuments with
truncated summits, 30-60 ft. in height, 35-100 ft. in diameter at the
base, constructed sometimes of hewn, and sometimes of unhewn blocks of
stone without mortar. They are situated either on isolated eminences
or on the slopes of the mountains, seldom on the plains, and usually
occur in groups. They generally contain two (in some rare instances
three) conically vaulted chambers, one above the other, and a spiral
staircase constructed in the thick walls ascends to the upper
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