- A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a sepulchral monument.
Etymology: (Gael.) carn, gen. cairn, a heap: confer & Welsh carn.
- Now here let us place the gray stone of her . -Campbell.
- (archaic) A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, to guide travelers on land or at sea, or to arrest attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an exploring party, etc.
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