promontory

[prom-uhn-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural promontories.
1.
a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland.
2.
a bluff, or part of a plateau, overlooking a lowland.
3.
Anatomy. a prominent or protuberant part.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin prōmontorium, prōmunturium, of unclear derivation

cape, peninsula, promontory.
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promontory (ˈprɒməntərɪ, -trɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a high point of land, esp of rocky coast, that juts out into the sea
2.  anatomy any of various projecting structures
 
[C16: from Latin prōmunturium headland; related to prōminēre; see prominent]

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promontory
1548, from M.L. promontorium, altered (by influence of L. mons "mount, hill") from L. promunturium "mountain ridge, headland," probably related to prominere "jut out" (see prominent).
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promontory prom·on·to·ry (prŏm'ən-tôr'ē)
n.
A projecting part.

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promontory   (prŏm'ən-tôr'ē)  Pronunciation Key 
A high ridge of land or a rock cliff jutting out into a body of water.
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From a promontory that overlooks a local farm, tiny onion.
Walk past trattorias and a solitary abbey to a rocky promontory with the sea always in full view and a clear sky overhead.
The north end of the beach is cut off from the rest of the strand by a rock
  promontory, dividing it essentially in two.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
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