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kettle hole

noun, Geology.
a deep, kettle-shaped depression in glacial drift.
pothole (def 3).
Also called kettle.
Origin of kettle hole
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The kettle hole Ranch house faces a wide, treeless valley and is backed by an equally bare hill.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for kettle hole

kettle hole

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

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

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