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promontory

[ prom-uhn-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈprɒm ənˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /
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noun, plural prom·on·to·ries.

a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland.
a bluff, or part of a plateau, overlooking a lowland.
Anatomy. a prominent or protuberant part.

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Origin of promontory

First recorded in 1540–50, promontory is from the Latin word prōmontorium, prōmunturium, of unclear derivation

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH promontory

cape, peninsula, promontory
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British Dictionary definitions for promontory

promontory
/ (ˈprɒməntərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a high point of land, esp of rocky coast, that juts out into the sea
anatomy any of various projecting structures

Word Origin for promontory

C16: from Latin prōmunturium headland; related to prōminēre; see prominent
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Medical definitions for promontory

promontory
[ prŏmən-tôr′ē ]

n.

A projecting part.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for promontory

promontory
[ prŏmən-tôr′ē ]

A high ridge of land or a rock cliff jutting out into a body of water.
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