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kettle hole

noun, Geology.
1.
a deep, kettle-shaped depression in glacial drift.
2.
pothole (def 3).
Also called kettle.
Origin of kettle hole
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
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  • The kettle hole Ranch house faces a wide, treeless valley and is backed by an equally bare hill.

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British Dictionary definitions for kettle hole

kettle hole

noun
1.
a round hollow formed by the melting of a mass of buried ice Often shortened to kettle
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Contemporary definitions for kettle hole
noun

a hollow filled to make a lake, due to the melting of a glacial deposit over time

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