monadnock

monadnock

[muh-nad-nok]
noun
1.
Physical Geography. a residual hill or mountain standing well above the surface of a surrounding peneplain.
2.
(initial capital letter) a mountain peak in SW New Hampshire. 3186 feet (971 meters).

Origin:
1735–45, Americanism; after (Grand) Monadnock (earlier name of Mount Monadnock) < a S New England Algonquian name, literally, isolated mountain

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monadnock (məˈnædnɒk)
 
n
a residual hill that consists of hard rock in an otherwise eroded area
 
[C19: named after Mount Monadnock, in New Hampshire]

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monadnock   (mə-nād'nŏk')  Pronunciation Key 
A mountain or rocky mass that has resisted erosion and stands isolated in an essentially level area.
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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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