Sarsen
Sarsen Sar"sen, n. [Etymol. uncertain; perhaps for saracen stone, i.e., a heathen or pagan stone or monument.] One of the large sandstone blocks scattered over the English chalk downs; -- called also {sarsen stone}, and {Druid stone}. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

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  • Sarsen — stones are stone blocks found in quantity on Salisbury Plain, the Marlborough Downs, in Kent, and in smaller quantities in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset and Hampshire. They are the remains of a cap of tertiary sandstone which once covered much… …   Wikipedia

  • sarsen — large sandstone boulder, 1640s, prop. sarsen stone, i.e. Saracen stone, from SARACEN (Cf. Saracen) in the old sense of pagan, heathen …   Etymology dictionary

  • sarsen — ► NOUN ▪ a silicified sandstone boulder of a kind used at Stonehenge and in other prehistoric monuments in southern England. ORIGIN probably a variant of SARACEN(Cf. ↑Saracen) …   English terms dictionary

  • sarsen — /sahr seuhn/, n. any of numerous large sandstone blocks or fragments found in south central England, probably remnants of eroded Tertiary beds. Also called Druid stone, graywether. [1635 45; syncopated var. of SARACEN, short for Saracen boulder… …   Universalium

  • sarsen — noun (usually as “sarcen stone”) one of various blocks of sandstone found in various locations in southern England …   Wiktionary

  • sarsen — see SARACEN …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • sarsen — [ sα:s(ə)n] noun a silicified sandstone boulder of a kind used at Stonehenge and in other prehistoric monuments in southern England. Origin C17: prob. a var. of Saracen …   English new terms dictionary

  • sarsen — sar·sen …   English syllables

  • sarsen — /ˈsasən/ (say sahsuhn) noun one of the numerous large sandstone blocks to be found scattered on the chalk downs, especially in Wiltshire, England. {variant of Saracen} …   Australian English dictionary

  • sarsen —   n. sandstone boulder of S England; such stone used in prehistoric monument …   Dictionary of difficult words

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