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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Tumulus \Tu"mu*lus\, n.; pl. {Tumuli}. [L., a mound, a
     sepulchral mound, probably from tumere to swell. Cf.
     An artificial hillock, especially one raised over a grave,
     particularly over the graves of persons buried in ancient
     times; a barrow.

     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : (archeology) a heap of earth placed over prehistoric tombs
           [syn: {burial mound}, {grave mound}, {barrow}]

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