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The impoverished shepherds stumbled upon the stele while desperately searching for some lost sheep; they were surprised and puzzled by the bizarre lines and squiggles that covered its face.
Which of the following choices best defines the underlined word?

A a large, inscribed stone

A large inscribed stone. A stele is a large, upright stone that typically has writing on it. It is used as a monument; steles were commonly used in ancient cultures in the Middle East.