Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An elongated hill or ridge of glacial drift.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An elongated hill or ridge of glacial drift.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A hill of compact, unstratified, glacial drift or till, usually elongate or oval, with the larger axis parallel to the former local glacial motion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as drum, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mound of glacial drift

Etymologies

From drum, ridge, from Irish Gaelic druim, back, ridge, from Old Irish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Irish droim 'back, ridge' + English dim. suffix -lin (variant of -ling) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cook Inlet is level to rolling, with areas of ground moraine and stagnant ice topography, drumlin fields, eskers, and outwash plains.

    Coastal Trough Humid Tayga Province (Bailey)

  • One of the biggest maybe the biggest? drumlin fields on the planet.

    "My hollow shell gives you the finger."

  • But I looked at the rolling drumlin scenery around me, unchanged in generations, and thought that the dangers they would be face would be few.

    Irish Blogs

  • Glacial influences have shaped landform features throughout the region and are particularly evident from the numerous fjords in the southern portion of the region and the drumlin fields (small hills) of Prince of Wales Island.

    Northern Pacific coastal forests

  • De Geer moraines, drumlin fields, transverse moraines and hummocky moraines occur there but do not form archipelagoes.

    Kvarken Archipelago High Coast, Finland and Sweden

  • A lone bank swallow put in an appearance for awhile and then went back to the drumlin to the south.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • At the least, I shall go sledding even if it means I have to mar the beautiful snow on our drumlin.

    lazarus Diary Entry

  • I grew up in an old, creaky New England colonial farmhouse set up on a drumlin.

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  • They were standing at a point where the Great Road crested a long, rolling drumlin which ran diagonally across the plain like a wrinkle in the world's biggest bed'spread.

    The Waste Lands

  • AROUND NOON THE NEXT day they reached the top of another drumlin and saw the bridge for the first time.

    The Waste Lands

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  • Cute word.

    September 8, 2010

  • "In Scotland, the natural courses come in three main forms: the linksland courses by the sea, the moorland courses everywhere, and the forested parkland courses of the interior, some involving eskers, drumlins, and lateral moraines, but all the result of various glacial effects."
    "Linksland and Bottle" by John McPhee, in The New Yorker, September 6, 2010, pp 48-49

    September 8, 2010