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kettle hole

noun, Geology
1.
a deep, kettle-shaped depression in glacial drift.
2.
pothole (def 3).
Also called kettle.
Origin of kettle hole
1880-1885
1880-85
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Examples from the web for kettle hole
  • When one such block finally melted, the kettle hole was left in its place.
  • There are numerous kettle hole ponds, swamps, and bogs.
  • When a kettle hole went below the water table, a kettle pond was established as the steady supply of water remained in the basin.
  • Freshwater habitats include streams, wooded swamps, and a kettle hole pond.
  • Other possibilities include a volcanic cone, a sinkhole, or a kettle hole.
British Dictionary definitions for kettle hole

kettle hole

noun
1.
a round hollow formed by the melting of a mass of buried ice Often shortened to kettle
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Contemporary definitions for kettle hole
noun

a hollow filled to make a lake, due to the melting of a glacial deposit over time

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