foothill

[foot-hil]
noun
a low hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

Origin:
1840–50, Americanism; foot + hill

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foothill (ˈfʊtˌhɪl)
 
n
(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

foothill
"a hill that leads up to a mountain," 1850, Amer.Eng., from foot + hill.

foothills
1850, Amer.Eng., from foot + hill.
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Example sentences
The nearby foothills are latticed with biking trails.
The whole little mountain lake was surrounded by foothills, and our campsite
  was right alongside.
Moist, open or shaded slopes from foothills to moderate elevations.
Rocky, open, or wooded sites from foothills well into mountains.
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