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The atypical placement of the bunkers was a function of the distinctive topography of the site — hummocks, gorges, hills and dales that slanted and dipped.
Hummocks of grass may be in short supply at 23rd and G streets NW, but there’s plenty of history at St. Mary’s Church, which over the weekend celebrated its 150th anniversary as the city’s first African American congregation of the Episcopal Church.
Already, dune hummocks have formed, and about 10,000 seedlings that include flowering sand verbena and beach evening primrose dot the beach enclosure.
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Where Did hummock Come From?
Hummock first appeared in English in the mid-1500s as an alteration of "hammock," another word which can be used for a small hill. This "hammock" is not related to the "hammock" we use to refer to a swinging bed made of netting or canvas. That "hammock" comes from the Spanish hamaca, and ultimately from Taino, a language spoken by the original inhabitants of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas. The origins of the other "hammock" and the related "hummock" are still obscure, though they are related to Middle Low German hummel ("small height") and "hump" ("bump"). English also borrowed "hump," another word which can refer to a small hill or hummock.
Origin and Etymology of hummock
alteration of 2hammock
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
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Definition of hummock for English Language Learners
: a small hill
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