From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cairn \Cairn\, n. [Gael. carn, gen. cairn, a heap: cf. Ir. & W.
   1. A rounded or conical heap of stones erected by early
      inhabitants of the British Isles, apparently as a
      sepulchral monument.
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            Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn.
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   2. A pile of stones heaped up as a landmark, or to arrest
      attention, as in surveying, or in leaving traces of an
      exploring party, etc. --C. Kingsley. Kane.
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