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1. A low mound or ridge of earth; a knoll.
2. also ham·mock (hăm′ək) A tract of forested land that rises above an adjacent marsh in the southern United States.
3. A ridge or hill of ice in an ice field.

[Origin unknown.]

hum′mock·y adj.


1. (Physical Geography) a hillock; knoll
2. (Physical Geography) a ridge or mound of ice in an ice field
3. (Physical Geography) Also called: hammock Southern US a wooded area lying above the level of an adjacent marsh
[C16: of uncertain origin; compare hump, hammock]
ˈhummocky adj


(ˈhʌm ək)

1. Also, hammock. an elevated tract of land rising above the general level of a marshy region.
2. a knoll or hillock.
3. a ridge in an ice field.
[1545–55; humm- (akin to hump) + -ock]
hum′mock•y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hummock - a small natural hillhummock - a small natural hill      
anthill, formicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
hill - a local and well-defined elevation of the land; "they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia"
kopje, koppie - a small hill rising up from the African veld
molehill - a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing


[ˈhʌmək] Nmontecillo m, morón m


[ˈhʌmək] n (= hillock) → tertre m


n(kleiner) Hügel
References in classic literature ?
Only the fact that a hummock of heathery sand inter- cepted the lower part of the Heat-Ray saved them.
Just as the pack came in sight of the river they saw their agile leader racing down the river's bank, leaping from hummock to hummock of the swampy ground that spread between them and a little promontory which rose just where the river curved inward from their sight.
The Swift One did not wait for me, nor did she pause till she had passed beyond Hair-Face a hundred yards and gained a much larger hummock.