from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dwelling, especially a prehistoric dwelling, built on piles in a shallow lake.

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  • noun a prehistoric structure, built over shallow waters, such as a lake or marsh, supported on piles or artificial mounds of earth or wood

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  • noun dwelling built on piles in or near a lake; specifically in prehistoric villages


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