drum·​lin ˈdrəm-lən How to pronounce drumlin (audio)
: an elongate or oval hill of glacial drift

Examples of drumlin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Try the Parnell segment for an especially hilly hike along glacial features including moraines, kettles, eskers and drumlins. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 May 2018 At the very back of his lot his garden pitches upward — as the property was a glacial drumlin. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 June 2017 Moraines and gentle drumlins rose and fell along the riverside, creating miniature highlands shrouded in red oak and sugar maple. Porter Fox, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2016

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Word History


Irish druim back, ridge (from Old Irish druimm) + English -lin (alteration of -ling)

First Known Use

1812, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of drumlin was in 1812

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“Drumlin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drumlin. Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


drum·​lin ˈdrəm-lən How to pronounce drumlin (audio)
: a long or oval hill of material left by a glacier

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