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Related to hummocks: hummocky, hummocked ice


1. A low mound or ridge of earth; a knoll.
2. See hammock2.
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) chiefly 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
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Some fell like swords, shearing a raw-edged canal; and others splintered into a shower of blocks, weighing scores of tons apiece, that whirled and skirted among the hummocks.
The trail began to rise out of the jungle, dipping at times into festering hollows of unwholesome vegetation, but rising more and more over swelling, unseen hill-slopes or climbing steep hog-backs and rocky hummocks where the forest thinned and blue patches of sky appeared overhead.
The lava streams are covered with hummocks, and are rugged to a degree which, geologically speaking, is not of easy explanation.
Kind of dull I suppose you find it," he remarked pensively, looking out across the waste of lavender-grown marshes, sand hummocks piled with seaweed, and a far distant line of pebbled shore.
It is like a sheep-dog, always running backwards and forwards, poking into the most out-of-the-way corners, now climbing at a run some steep hummock of the down, and now leisurely going miles about to escape an ant-hill; and all the time (here, by the way, ends the sheep-dog) it is stopping to gossip with rillets vagabond as itself, or loitering to bedeck itself with flowers.
The bar silver is in the north cache; you can find it by the trend of the east hummock, ten fathoms south of the black crag with the face on it.
Only the fact that a hummock of heathery sand inter- cepted the lower part of the Heat-Ray saved them.
For all their marchings, Kedarnath and Badrinath were not impressed; and it was only after days of travel that Kim, uplifted upon some insignificant ten-thousand-foot hummock, could see that a shoulder-knot or horn of the two great lords had - ever so slightly - changed outline.
At last they came to a rocky hummock, from which the view of the waterfall opened out.
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.
I have penetrated to those meadows on the morning of many a first spring day, jumping from hummock to hummock, from willow root to willow root, when the wild river valley and the woods were bathed in so pure and bright a light as would have waked the dead, if they had been slumbering in their graves, as some suppose.