Definition of hummock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhəmək/


1A hillock, knoll, or mound.
Example sentences
  • They watch for prey from slightly elevated perches such as hummocks, rocks, and fence posts.
  • They sat on a raised hummock, and soon the hummock became an island as the water rose about them.
  • Rounding off the pavilion's layers is a roof garden with grassy hummocks and a calm, reflecting pool.
1.1A hump or ridge in an ice field.
Example sentences
  • It can be a height of land, a hummock of ice, or any place of elevation that affords an observer a clear view of their surroundings to make good observations.
  • Just a tiny little ice hummock that had been pushed up to form kind of a dinner-sized tabletop platform of ice that we thought might fit a single tent.
1.2North American A piece of forested ground rising above a marsh.
Example sentences
  • The resulting hummock and hollow microtopography of the forest floor is characteristic of mixed conifer and cedar swamps in New York state.



Pronunciation: /ˈhəməkē/
Example sentences
  • Topographically, it consists of uneven, hummocky terrain interspersed with small, shallow pools of highly acidic bog water.
  • In hummocky terrain, the wire is presently suspended above the soil surface over hollows.
  • They do not return to the vast hummocky moorlands until late May or even early June.


Mid 16th century (originally in nautical use denoting a small hillock on the coast): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with hummock

slummock, stomach

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Syllabification: hum·mock

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