a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

1840–50, Americanism; foot + hill Unabridged
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foothill (ˈfʊtˌhɪl)
(often plural) a lower slope of a mountain or a relatively low hill at the foot of a mountain

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Word Origin & History

"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, Amer.Eng., from foot + hill.
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Example sentences
Foothill, the first harvested variety, has a mild taste and pink seeds.
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