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foothill

[foo t-hil]
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noun
  1. a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

Origin of foothill

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; foot + hill
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foothill

noun
  1. (often plural) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain
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Word Origin and History for foothills

n.

see foothill.

foothill

n.

"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, American English, from foot (n.) + hill.

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