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[hil-uh k] /ˈhɪl ək/
a small hill.
Origin of hillock
1350-1400; Middle English hilloc. See hill, -ock
Related forms
hillocked, hillocky, adjective Unabridged
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  • An Indian climbed up the steep rise of the hillock on the day following the French attack and presented a note to our hero.

    How Canada was Won F. S. Brereton
  • The lofty nest, or Termitarium, constitutes a hillock in the form of a cupola.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • Before them rose a hillock, which, if no great height, yet cut the horizon at right angles.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • And again I sat on a hillock and surrendered to the most doleful meditations.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • The tank and the hillock close by still go by the name of Kuppichi kulam and Kuppichi kunru, after Kuppi the dancing-girl.

  • "That's the knoll," said Addison, pointing to a hillock among the trees.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • The infantry were close upon Wheeler, who covered the hillock with a murky cloud.

    Following the Flag Charles Carleton Coffin
  • “Then he was the person I saw at the top of the hillock out there,” observed Loraine.

    The Frontier Fort W. H. G. Kingston
  • Captain Sherman also lay down to escape the bullets, and Hunter got behind a hillock.

    Life of Wm. Tecumseh Sherman. W. Fletcher Johnson
  • He was only undecided as to which side of the hillock he should pass by on his way to the pond.

    The Gorilla Hunters R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for hillock


a small hill or mound
Derived Forms
hillocked, hillocky, adjective
Word Origin
C14 hilloc, from hill + -ock
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Word Origin and History for hillock

late 14c., hilloc "small hill" (c.1200 as a surname), from hill + Middle English diminutive suffix -oc.

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hillock in Medicine

hillock hill·ock (hĭl'ək)
A small protuberance or elevation, as from an organ, a tissue, or other structure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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