Definition of lynchet in English:



  • A ridge or ledge formed along the downhill side of a plot by ploughing in ancient times.

    • ‘Eastman is an archaeologically rich site with medieval strip lynchet field systems created by ploughing.’
    • ‘The canteen seems to have been popular enough to warrant two phases of expansion, marked by surviving lynchets and wall foundations outlining the original and later buildings.’
    • ‘This pressure for more agricultural land, led to the creation of lynchets, a form of terracing.’
    • ‘Whether these lynchets were constructed deliberately or came about as a result of ploughing is still not certain.’
    • ‘These were carved on a large earthfast boulder situated on a natural lynchet that follows the line of a periglacial feature.’
    • ‘Trench 5 was back-filled and Trench 6 opened across a lynchet to the north of the enclosure.’
    • ‘The lynchets are know locally as Chapel Rings, and are quite striking when seen from the village below.’
    • ‘If it were a lynchet there would be evidence of a structure to hold back the soil.’
    • ‘The site consists of a series of lynchets forming a prehistoric field system, with a later enclosure, possibly of Roman date.’
    • ‘The vast space enclosed by the ramparts have allowed the occupants to farm the area, with lynchets spreading across the camp and encroaching on the flint mines to the west.’
    • ‘On the hillside above the valley evidence of ancient agricultural field systems and workings known as strip lynchets can be seen.’
    • ‘On the valley floor to the south of the lynchets on Star Hill are further remains of strip-fields.’
    • ‘Further evidence of former agricultural practice in this category of earthwork includes lynchets and ridge and furrow, both resulting from ploughing.’
    • ‘The, albeit limited, colluvial or lynchet development above the lower hedge banks suggest that cultivation may have taken place over long periods, since the slopes involved are rarely steeper than 3 or 4 degrees.’
    • ‘At Polesden in Surrey, a set of lynchets was found crossing parish boundaries, dissected by a late Anglo-Saxon hundredal boundary.’
    • ‘The lecture was on Celtic lynchets and aerial photographs provided for a penetrating analysis of the issue.’
    • ‘The great height of some lynchets attests to the longevity of the fields and their intensity of use.’
    • ‘The path follows the line of a lynchet to another footbridge, also spanning the disused railway.’
    • ‘They discovered a hollow way, a lynchet, banks and hollows that may indicate house sites, and one piece of pottery from the thirteenth or fourteenth century.’


Late 17th century: probably from dialect linch ‘rising ground’; compare with links.