: a short ridge, hill, or mound of stratified drift deposited by glacial meltwater

Examples of kame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Continue the tour-de-kames at Pike Lake, where an observation tower offers terrific views of the lake and the surrounding forest from the top of 1,350-foot Powder Hill (also a kame). Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 Perched atop a 1,330-foot kame is the Holy Hill Basilica and National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, which includes a 192-foot scenic tower that is open to the public. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 The topography includes sandy knolls formed by melting Ice Age glaciers known as kames. Kristan Schiller, chicagotribune.com, 19 Sep. 2019 Parnell Tower, Plymouth: This 60-foot tower rises above the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s northern unit, with views of the area’s glacial landscape including a collection of kames to the west. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Sep. 2019 The sinewy hill and its glacial cousins — moraines, kettles and kames — make for a challenging winter hike, especially in deep snow. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Feb. 2018 Debris dragged along the landscape deposited in rounded hills, or kames, along with steep ridges known as eskers and moraines; and deep holes were scooped from the earth to form kettles. Chelsey Lewis, chicagotribune.com, 15 June 2017

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Word History


Scots, kame, comb, from Middle English (northern) camb comb, from Old English

First Known Use

1795, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kame was in 1795

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“Kame.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kame. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a short ridge or mound of material deposited by water from a melting glacier

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