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[huhm-uh k] /ˈhʌm ək/
Also, hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
a knoll or hillock.
Also, hommock. a ridge in an ice field.
1545-55; humm- (akin to hump) + -ock
Related forms
hummocky, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hummocks
  • They are strong drivers, and the sleds glide easily on the ice-covered ponds and over the purple and rust-colored hummocks.
  • hummocks, the hot-weather equivalent of potholes, are in season again.
  • Golfers who prefer links-style courses with lots of hills and hummocks won't find many courses here, she added.
  • hummocks are rounded or conical mounds within a volcanic landslide or debris avalanche deposit.
  • The scattered high grounds, or hummocks protruding from the marsh, provide an interesting diversity of habitat.
  • The hummocks were likely material left behind as the more watery parts of the slide flowed away.
  • The tidal flats in this area are defined by a series of small, closely situated pools and hummocks.
  • Deposits have flat or ropy surfaces and are ponded between hummocks.
  • The topography is relatively flat, except for a series of forested hummocks that are remnants of ancient dune lines.
  • Most of the time on the surface is spent basking in the sun on hummocks near burrows or in bushes.
British Dictionary definitions for hummocks


a hillock; knoll
a ridge or mound of ice in an ice field
(mainly Southern US) Also called hammock. a wooded area lying above the level of an adjacent marsh
Derived Forms
hummocky, adjective
Word Origin
C16: of uncertain origin; compare hump, hammock
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Word Origin and History for hummocks



"knoll, hillock," 1550s, originally nautical, "conical small hill on a seacoast," of obscure origin, though second element is diminutive suffix -ock. In Florida, where the local form is hammock, it means a clump of hardwood trees on a knoll in a swamp or on a key.

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