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Meaning of CAIRN

Pronunciation:  kehrn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small rough-haired breed of terrier from Scotland
  2. [n]  a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path

CAIRN is a 5 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: cairn terrier
 See Also: mark, marker, marking, terrier



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cairn\, n. [Gael. carn, gen. cairn, a heap: cf. Ir. & W.
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.

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.

 Definition: stones intentionally piled by humans.
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