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Piedmont

[peed-mont] /ˈpid mɒnt/
noun
1.
a plateau between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains, including parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.
2.
Italian Piemonte. a region in NW Italy. 4,540,822; 11,335 sq. mi. (29,360 sq. km).
3.
a city in W California, near Oakland.
4.
(lowercase) a district lying along or near the foot of a mountain range.
adjective
5.
(lowercase) lying along or near the foot of a mountain range.
Origin
< Italian Piemonte literally, foothill
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British Dictionary definitions for Piedmont

piedmont

/ˈpiːdmɒnt/
adjective
1.
(prenominal) (of glaciers, plains, etc) formed or situated at the foot of a mountain or mountain range
Word Origin
from Italian piémonte mountain foot

Piedmont

/ˈpiːdmɒnt/
noun
1.
a region of NW Italy: consists of the upper Po Valley; mainly agricultural. Chief town: Turin. Pop: 4 231 334 (2003 est). Area: 25 399 sq km (9807 sq miles) Italian name Piemonte
2.
a low plateau of the eastern US, between the coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains
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Word Origin and History for Piedmont

piedmont

n.

name given to the fertile upland region along the eastern slope of the Appalachians, 1755, originally piemont, from Italian Piemonte, literally "mountain foot," name of the region at the foot of the Alps in northern Italy (see Piedmont). With -d- added by 1855. Applied to similar features of other mountain ranges by 1860.

region in northern Italy, from Old Italian pie di monte "foot of the mountains," from pie "foot" (see foot (n.)) + monte "mountain" (see mount (n.)). Related: Piedmontese.

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Piedmont in Science
piedmont
  (pēd'mŏnt')   
An area of land, glacier, or other feature formed or lying at the foot of a mountain or mountain range.
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Piedmont in Culture
Piedmont [(peed-mont)]

The plateau region of the eastern United States extending from New York to Alabama between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coastal plain. Also a historical region of northwest Italy bound by the Swiss and French Alps. More broadly, any region of foothills.

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Encyclopedia Article for Piedmont

piedmont

in geology, landform created at the foot of a mountain (Italian: ai piede della montagne) or mountains by debris deposited by shifting streams. Such an alluvial region in a humid climate is known as a piedmont for the Piedmont district of Italy; in arid climates such a feature is called a bajada (q.v.).

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