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hummock

[huhm-uh k] /ˈhʌm ək/
noun
1.
Also, hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
2.
a knoll or hillock.
3.
Also, hommock. a ridge in an ice field.
Origin of hummock
1545-1555
1545-55; humm- (akin to hump) + -ock
Related forms
hummocky, adjective
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  • Riding through this hummocky ground sometimes requires the exercise of considerable caution.

    Across Iceland William Bisiker
  • The ice about was old and hummocky, offering a difficult line of march, but some shelter.

    My Attainment of the Pole Frederick A. Cook
  • The Lady Nelson had returned from the hummocky island, without taking any turtle.

  • They grew in width, and ran together with a hummocky outline into a continuous undulation of sand-dunes.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • There's a sort of dell down here in front of us, where the ground seems all hilly and humpy and hummocky.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • Off to the hummocky west, feeling our way with walking-poles—open water all round us.

  • High bare mountains covered with snow that was dappled with hummocky rock rose sheer up from the surf.

    Through Arctic Lapland Cutcliffe Hyne
  • It was rough—but a hardened voyager with a dog-team is accustomed to a hummocky road.

  • On forested, rocky, hummocky land, the shoe is short to permit short turns without entanglement.

  • It was a sheet of streaky white, smooth or hummocky according to varying effects of wind and falling levels.

    The Peace of Roaring River George van Schaick
British Dictionary definitions for hummocky

hummock

/ˈhʌmək/
noun
1.
a hillock; knoll
2.
a ridge or mound of ice in an ice field
3.
(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 hummocky

hummock

n.

"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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