hummock

[huhm-uh k]
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.

Origin of hummock

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

Word Origin for hummock

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

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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