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promontory

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noun prom·on·to·ry \ˈprä-mən-ˌtȯr-ē\

Simple Definition of promontory

  • : a high area of land or rock that sticks out into the sea

Full Definition of promontory

plural prom·on·to·ries

  1. 1 a :  a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water b :  a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland

  2. 2 :  a bodily prominence

Examples of promontory

  1. <stood on the windswept promontory overlooking the bay>

  2. <Cape May is Delaware Bay's largest promontory.>



Origin of promontory

Latin promunturium, promonturium; probably akin to prominēre to jut forth — more at prominent


First Known Use: 1548


Medical Dictionary

promontory

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noun prom·on·to·ry \ˈpräm-ən-ˌtōr-ē, -ˌtȯr-\

Medical Definition of promontory

plural prom·on·to·ries

  1. :  a bodily prominence: asa:  the angle of the ventral side of the sacrum where it joins the vertebrab:  a prominence on the inner wall of the tympanum of the ear





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