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Monday, September 25, 2017

Definitions for monticule

  1. a small mountain, hill, or mound.
  2. a subordinate volcanic cone.

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Citations for monticule
... Ken walked purposelessly just less than half a mile into the grassland, toward a monticule, a low mound that rose out of the barren ground. Petru Popescu, Almost Adam, 1996
Not far away, about a mile, there lay a hill, no summit in the Dolomites it was true, but none the less a hill, a little monticule. John Lodwick, The Cradle of Neptune, 1951
Origin of monticule
1790-1800
Monticule comes from the Late Latin term monticulus, equivalent to Latin monti- meaning “mount.” The second element -culus is a suffix found in French loanwords of Latin origin, originally used with diminutive nouns. Monticule entered English in the late 1700s.