A name given in France to what we term “cromlechs.” These ancient remains are often called by the rural population devils' tables, fairies' tables, and so on. (Celtic, stone tables.) It consists of a slab resting on unhewn upright stones. Plural dolmens (dol, a table; men, a stone).
“The Indian dolmens ... may be said to be identical with those of Western Europe.” —J. Lubbock: Prehistoric Times, chap.v. p. 129.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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