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hillock

[hil-uh k]
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noun
  1. a small hill.
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Origin of hillock

First recorded in 1350–1400, hillock is from the Middle English word hilloc. See hill, -ock
Related formshill·ocked, hill·ock·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hillock

Historical Examples

  • The church was built on a hillock, which sloped down gently to the village.

    Abbe Mouret's Transgression

    Emile Zola

  • The lofty nest, or Termitarium, constitutes a hillock in the form of a cupola.

  • Mikel whispered to me, "The bear sleeps under that hillock of snow."

  • And again I sat on a hillock and surrendered to the most doleful meditations.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • The ruins of two temples stand on a hillock rising from the Indus.


British Dictionary definitions for hillock

hillock

noun
  1. a small hill or mound
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Derived Formshillocked or hillocky, adjective

Word Origin

C14 hilloc, from hill + -ock
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Word Origin and History for hillock

n.

late 14c., hilloc "small hill" (c.1200 as a surname), from hill + Middle English diminutive suffix -oc.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

hillock in Medicine

hillock

(hĭlək)
n.
  1. A small protuberance or elevation, as from an organ, a tissue, or other structure.
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