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Dictionary Definition

monolith n : a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)

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  • IPA: /ˈma.nə.ˌlɪθ/
  • Schoolbook Phonetics: (mäʹnu̇lĭthʺ)
  • Last Resort Phonetics: MAH-nuh-lith


From monolithe.


  1. A large single block of stone, used in architecture and sculpture.
  2. Anything massive, uniform and unmovable.

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Extensive Definition

A monolith is a geological feature such as a mountain, consisting of a single massive stone or rock, or a single piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument. Erosion usually exposes the geological formations, which are most often made of very hard and solid metamorphic or sedimentary rock.
The word derives from the Latin word monolithus from the Greek word μονόλιϑος (monolithos), derived from μόνος ("one" or "single") and λίϑος ("stone").

Geological monoliths

The three largest on Earth are:
Others include:

North America



South America


Many of these have legends attached.

Monumental monoliths

A structure which has been excavated as a unit from a surrounding matrix or outcropping of rock.

See also


External links

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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