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From Welsh cistfaen, from cist (chest) + maen (stone).

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kistvaen (plural kistvaens)

  1. (archaeology) A stone coffin in the form of a pit covered with earth and surrounded by stones.
    • 1913, Arthur L. Salmon, Dartmoor[1]:
      It was man of the New Stone Age who first peopled this upland, leaving remains of his hut-dwellings, his pounds, dolmens, and menhirs, his kistvaens and his cooking-holes.

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