Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hilly upland including the divide between two valleys; a divide.
  • n. The side of a valley.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physical geography, an upland; a broad, flat-topped ridge of moderate elevation.

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Examples

  • Land use on the coteau is a mixture of tilled agriculture in flatter areas and grazing land on steeper slopes.

    Ecoregions of North Dakota and South Dakota (EPA)

  • To the south, the coteau areas (42a, 42e) east of the Coteau Slope ecoregions (42c, 42f) become progressively narrower and more eroded.

    Ecoregions of North Dakota and South Dakota (EPA)

  • A greater proportion of temporary and seasonal wetlands are found on the drift plains than in the coteau areas, where semipermanent wetlands are numerous.

    Ecoregions of North Dakota and South Dakota (EPA)

  • The Southern Missouri Coteau ecoregion, located on the southern fringe of continental glaciation, exhibits a muted coteau topography: gentle undulations rather than steep hummocks, smaller areas of high wetland density, and more stream erosion backcutting into areas of internal drainage.

    Ecoregions of North Dakota and South Dakota (EPA)

  • At the foot of the next coteau he beheld a strip of black.

    Old Indian Days

  • The pleasant French coteau, green in the sunshine, delights me, either by what real mountain character it has in itself (for in extent and succession of promontory the flanks of the French valleys have quite the sublimity of true mountain distances), or by its broken ground and rugged steps among the vines, and rise of the leafage above, against the blue sky, as it might rise at Vevay or Como.

    Selections From the Works of John Ruskin

  • The subsoil at Varrains being largely composed of marl, which is much softer than the tufa of the Saint-Florent coteau, necessitated the roofs of the new galleries being worked in a particular form in order to avoid having recourse to either brickwork or masonry.

    Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

  • Hermitage coteau -- the vines of which are to-day well-nigh destroyed by the phylloxera -- but are on the opposite bank of the river.

    Facts About Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines

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  • water bed

    or cot d'eau

    April 3, 2009