Definition of lynchet in English:


Line breaks: lyn|chet
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪn(t)ʃɪt


A ridge or ledge formed along the downhill side of a plot by ploughing in ancient times.
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  • The canteen seems to have been popular enough to warrant two phases of expansion, marked by surviving lynchets and wall foundations outlining the original and later buildings.
  • At Polesden in Surrey, a set of lynchets was found crossing parish boundaries, dissected by a late Anglo-Saxon hundredal boundary.
  • The great height of some lynchets attests to the longevity of the fields and their intensity of use.


late 17th century: probably from dialect linch 'rising ground'; compare with links.

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