One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small mountain or hill.
mound, small hill, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, knoll, hummock, hump, tump, dune, barrow, tumulusView synonyms
- ‘The topography immediately changes from the high mountains composed of purple and green shales into low monticles characteristic of the coal field.’
- ‘The old castle and fortress of Guevara is perched on the crown of what Captain Dalgetty would call a monticle, rising very abruptly out of the most arid and dry plain it was ever my fortune to visit.’
- ‘The monticle stands not far from the western extremity of the valley.’
- ‘Of these natural hillocks, an illustration is found in the chalk monticle on which Corfe Castle is built.’
- ‘He stood on the top of a steep monticle, used by pilots as a look-out for vessels approaching the coast.’
Late 15th century: French, from late Latin monticulus, diminutive of Latin mons, mont- ‘mountain’.
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