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[huhm-uh k]
  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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Historical Examples

  • Bullets spattered on the hummocky sod of the prairie around him.

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    Mary Hartwell Catherwood

  • The Frost intense—and a good deal of hummocky ice to sail through.

  • This reef is very broken and hummocky and has a rocky bottom and depths from 14 to 20 fathoms.

  • The hummocky mountains still retained their general figure in the more interior parts.

  • There's a sort of dell down here in front of us, where the ground seems all hilly and humpy and hummocky.

British Dictionary definitions for hummocky


  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

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



"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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