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[muh-nad-nok] /məˈnæd nɒk/
Physical Geography. a residual hill or mountain standing well above the surface of a surrounding peneplain.
(initial capital letter) Mount, a mountain peak in SW New Hampshire. 3186 feet (971 meters).
1735-45, Americanism; after (Grand) Monadnock (earlier name of Mount Monadnock) < a S New England Algonquian name, literally, isolated mountain Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for monadnock


a residual hill that consists of hard rock in an otherwise eroded area
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C19: named after Mount Monadnock, in New Hampshire
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monadnock in Science
A mountain or rocky mass that has resisted erosion and stands isolated in an essentially level area.
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Encyclopedia Article for monadnock

isolated hill of bedrock standing conspicuously above the general level of the surrounding area. Monadnocks are left as erosional remnants because of their more resistant rock composition; commonly they consist of quartzite or less jointed massive volcanic rocks. In contrast to inselbergs (island mountains), a similar tropical landform, monadnocks are formed in humid, temperate regions. They take their name from Mt. Monadnock, a solitary mass of rock (3,165 feet [965 metres]) in Monadnock State Park, southeast of Keene, in Cheshire County, southwestern New Hampshire, U.S. A well-known example is Stone Mountain in Georgia, U.S

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