One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small hill or mound.
hillock, mound, rise, hummock, hill, hump, knob, tor, tump, barrow, outcrop, bank, ridge, dune, elevation, acclivity, eminenceView synonyms
- ‘Perched on a knoll at 6,400 feet, the hut looks out onto a line of ridges where the subalpine forest climbs to 7,800 feet before giving way to the granite flanks of the Caucasus.’
- ‘With picnic blankets, hampers and candles in safety cups, the visitors began taking up their positions on the grassy knoll.’
- ‘Cows and herdsmen alike shun the warm sand of a track bordered with withered sedge, to hide in the shade of an oakwood on a nearby knoll.’
- ‘The village is perched on a knoll above the spume, and its tall houses seem to turn their backs on the sea.’
- ‘The first hour today was one part exhilaration, nine parts exhaustion, as he demonstrated how to inch sideways up a snowy knoll in skis.’
- ‘The species also extends to several of the rocky knolls in the area.’
- ‘I made an unusually gentle landing for a person of my size in a wild patch of sagebrush on the top of huge knoll.’
- ‘The lodge is built on a small knoll, overlooking the main waterhole.’
- ‘Ahead were more hills, more little valleys, more slopes and hollows and knolls.’
- ‘Situated on a high knoll - Black Craig - it was clearly an excellent defensive vantage point providing views over the surrounding countryside.’
- ‘Some reports said the first plan would have involved removing most of the trees from the picturesque wooded knoll overlooking the harbour.’
- ‘From the bealach we climbed up through some trees to a rocky knoll from where another path eventually zig-zagged its way to the grassy summit.’
- ‘She arrived a little before Kayla and laid out a blanket on a grassy knoll overlooking the lake.’
- ‘A couple of hundred feet above us, on a small knoll, stood a deserted fort, a relic from the French occupation.’
- ‘He sat down next to me on the grassy knoll by Tommy's grave.’
- ‘Leave the road and take a track which runs to the left, leaving it almost immediately to follow a path which runs south round a knoll.’
- ‘This walk follows a circular route around an irregularly shaped tarn, through broadleaf woodland and shady conifers and across grassy knolls nibbled by sheep.’
- ‘The two were fencing on top of a grassy knoll, with mountains in the distance.’
- ‘After some distance the trail rose sharply, and ended in a grassy glade atop a knoll.’
- ‘The 24-metre high mast was to be located on a small tree-topped knoll above the Owenmore River.’
Old English cnoll ‘hilltop’, of Germanic origin; related to German Knolle ‘clod, lump, tuber’ and Dutch knol ‘tuber, turnip’.
noun & verb
- archaic form of knell
Middle English: probably an imitative alteration of knell.
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