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 for Mound builders
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Mound \Mound\, n. [OE. mound, mund, protection, AS. mund
     protection, hand; akin to OHG. munt, Icel. mund hand, and
     prob. to L. manus. See Manual.]
     An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an
     embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also,
     a natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a
     regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
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           To thrid the thickets or to leap the mounds. --Dryden.
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     Mound bird. (Zool.) See moundbird in the vocabulary.
     Mound builders (Ethnol.), the tribe, or tribes, of North
        American aborigines who built, in former times, extensive
        mounds of earth, esp. in the valleys of the Mississippi
        and Ohio Rivers. Formerly they were supposed to have
        preceded the Indians, but later investigations go to show
        that they were, in general, identical with the tribes that
        occupied the country when discovered by Europeans.
     Mound maker (Zool.), any one of the megapodes. See also
        moundbird in the vocabulary.
     Shell mound, a mound of refuse shells, collected by
        aborigines who subsisted largely on shellfish. See
        Midden, and Kitchen middens.
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