September 29th, 2015

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Monday-ish word: kurgan

kurgan (ko͝or-gän′), noun
A type of burial mound, heaped over a burial chamber, and originating in southern Russia around 5000 B.C.

Kurgan
The culture that produced these burial mounds, or a member of this culture.


Etymology:  related to modern Turkish kurgan, which means 'fortress'.

Anyone who has watched the movie Highlander is probably familiar with this word (although I think the pronunciation was different).