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hummock

[huhm-uh k]
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noun
  1. Also hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
  2. a knoll or hillock.
  3. Also hommock. a ridge in an ice field.
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Origin of hummock

1545–55; humm- (akin to hump) + -ock
Related formshum·mock·y, adjective
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Related Words for hummock

ridge, dune, promontory, bluff, cliff, hilltop, knoll, slope, hillside, highland, acclivity, elevation, incline, prominence, hillock, mount, rise, drift, precipice, headland

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Historical Examples of hummock

  • There it is to your hand, if I am not much mistaken, said Johnson, pointing to a hummock close by.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • The doctor soon reached the hummock which concealed Johnson.

  • The greatness of other men is a hummock, over which we can still leap.

  • He perceived that he had misjudged the height of the hummock.

  • Getting clear of the hummock, we were now in more open ground.


British Dictionary definitions for hummock

hummock

noun
  1. a hillock; knoll
  2. a ridge or mound of ice in an ice field
  3. Also called: hammock mainly Southern US a wooded area lying above the level of an adjacent marsh
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Derived Formshummocky, adjective

Word Origin for hummock

C16: of uncertain origin; compare hump, hammock
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Word Origin and History for hummock

n.

"knoll, hillock," 1550s, originally nautical, "conical small hill on a seacoast," of obscure origin, though second element is diminutive suffix -ock. In Florida, where the local form is hammock, it means a clump of hardwood trees on a knoll in a swamp or on a key.

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