One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gentle slope leading from the base of mountains to a region of flat land.
hill, hillside, hillock, bank, rise, escarpment, scarpView synonyms
- ‘Black walnut is found pretty much throughout the piedmont and mountain area of Georgia but never in great concentrations.’
- ‘It deals with the only significant mountain in the Maryland piedmont.’
- ‘In terms of state regions, the piedmont has the highest incidence of ‘starts’ while the coastal plain has the least.’
- ‘In the United States, this large shrub or occasional small tree is known to grow mostly in the coastal plain and piedmont regions from Massachusetts south to Florida and west to Texas and Oklahoma.’
- ‘Initial subsidence was marked by accumulation of relatively immature alluvial fan and associated deposits in localized piedmont depocentres.’
- ‘In flat coastal plains and piedmonts, yields appear to increase five to ten-fold with agriculture, whereas in loess terrains 100-fold increases are typical.’
- ‘The Potomac rises in West Virginia, carves its way through the piedmont for 100 miles and turns tidal at Washington, DC, where it defines the city's western boundary.’
- ‘These Presbyterians and Baptists shared a number of social and economic goals with the vast majority of migrants to the southern piedmont.’
- ‘Since so little was known of the species' ecology or distribution, work concentrated in the central piedmont, especially the Broad River watershed.’
- ‘Unlike the diffuse pattern of textile mill villages created in the piedmont of North Carolina and upcountry Georgia, industrialization in Middle Tennessee was highly centralized in Nashville itself.’
- ‘This plant occurs in several Virginia counties, but is found primarily in the mountains and piedmont.’
- ‘And there might be some icy conditions towards the piedmont of North Carolina by the latter part of the weekend, so that may affect your travel on Sunday.’
- ‘Sample points were associated with the three distinguishable areas of North Carolina that exhibit different physical, cultural, and industrial attributes: coastal plain, piedmont, and mountains.’
- ‘Remove the top ½ to 1 inch of new growth about every four weeks from the time the plant is 6 inches tall until early July in the upper piedmont and mountains, up to early August at the coast.’
- ‘Red chokeberry has been documented in virtually every county in North and South Carolina, where it occurs in bogs, savannahs, and low wet woodlands throughout the coastal plain, piedmont, and mountains.’
- ‘The presence of plants on predominantly north facing slopes suggests that plants are unable to tolerate the driest sites or sandy soils that are common in many areas of the piedmont.’
- ‘Presbyterianism was brought to America primarily by the Scots and the Scots-Irish, who emigrated not to New England but to the mid-Atlantic and the South, and westward into the piedmont of the Appalachian mountains.’
- ‘Native Americans inhabited the Virginia piedmont as early as 10000 BC and artifacts have been found on the plantation dating from the early archaic, 8000 to 6000 BC.’
- ‘While Native Americans do appear to have utilized piedmont forests, quantitative estimates on the extent of Native American-induced fire on piedmont forests are not yet possible, especially for the forests specific to Montpelier.’
- ‘A group of scientists from the University of South Carolina in Columbia says that they've used geological anomalies, as well as clues from rock samples, to identify an ancient crater buried beneath the piedmont sediments of their state.’
Mid 19th century: from Italian piemonte ‘mountain foot’ (see Piedmont).
1A region of northwestern Italy, in the foothills of the Alps; capital, Turin. Dominated by Savoy from 1400, it became a part of the kingdom of Sardinia in 1720. It was the center of the movement for a united Italy in the 19th century.Italian name Piemonte
2In the US, a hilly highland region between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic coast. The Piedmont ends at the Fall Line, where rivers drop to the coastal plain.
From Italian piemonte ‘mountain foot’.
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