Definition of hummock in English:

hummock

Syllabification: hum·mock
Pronunciation: /ˈhəmək
 
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noun

1A hillock, knoll, or mound.
More 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.
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  • 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.
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  • The resulting hummock and hollow microtopography of the forest floor is characteristic of mixed conifer and cedar swamps in New York state.

Origin

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

Derivatives

hummocky

adjective
More 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.

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