hummock

hummock
   1) [ geomorphology ]
    a) (not preferred see hillock). An imprecise, general term for a rounded or conical mound or other small elevation.
    b) (not preferred) A slight rise of ground above a level surface. GG
   2) [ patterned ground ]
   A small, irregular knob of earth (earth hummock) or turf (turf hummock).
   Neither type of hummock is diagnostic of permafrost, but both are most common in subpolar or alpine regions.
   Both require vegetative cover.
   GG

Glossary of landform and geologic terms. 2013.

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  • hummock — s.n. Blocuri de gheaţă provenind din spargerea banchizelor. [< engl., fr. hummock]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 21.04.2005. Sursa: DN  HUMMÓCK s. n. monticul format din blocuri de gheaţă provenind din spargerea banchizelor. (< engl., fr.… …   Dicționar Român

  • Hummock — Hum mock, n. [Prob. a dim. of hump. See {Hump}.] 1. A rounded knoll or hillock; a rise of ground of no great extent, above a level surface. [1913 Webster] 2. A ridge or pile of ice on an ice field. [1913 Webster] 3. Timbered land. See {Hammock}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hummock — [ymɔk] n. m. ÉTYM. 1851; mot angl., d orig. obscure; probablt dimin; cf. hillock, de hill. ❖ ♦ Géogr. Monticule formé par des plaques de glace qui se rencontrent sur la banquise et chevauchent les unes sur les autres. 1 (…) cet icefield océanique …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hummock — knoll, hillock, 1550s, originally nautical, conical small hill on a seacoast, of obscure origin, though second element is dim. suffix ock. In Florida, where the local form is hammock, it means a clump of hardwood trees on a knoll in a swamp or on …   Etymology dictionary

  • hummock — ► NOUN ▪ a hillock or mound. DERIVATIVES hummocky adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • hummock — [hum′ək] n. [orig. naut. < ?] 1. a low, rounded hill; knoll; hillock 2. a ridge or rise in an ice field ☆ 3. a tract of fertile, heavily wooded land, higher than a surrounding marshy area ☆ hummocky adj …   English World dictionary

  • Hummock — A hummock (of uncertain derivation; cf. hump or hillock) is a boss or rounded knoll of ice rising above the general level of an ice field, making sledge travelling in the Arctic and Antarctic region extremely difficult and unpleasant.Hummocky ice …   Wikipedia

  • Hummock — Vue de hummocks de pergélisol sur le mont Kenya …   Wikipédia en Français

  • hummock — UK [ˈhʌmək] / US noun [countable] Word forms hummock : singular hummock plural hummocks mainly literary a small area of ground that is slightly higher than the ground around it …   English dictionary

  • hummock — noun Etymology: alteration of 2hammock Date: 1555 1. a rounded knoll or hillock 2. a ridge of ice 3. hammock II,2 • hummock verb • hummocky adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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