Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hillock; a rounded elevation or protuberance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rounded hillock; a rounded elevation or protuberance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small hill or mound with a round top; a hemispherical elevation: so called from its resemblance to a woman's breast.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Shape ovate, with a small mamelon at the apex; surface pale dusky yellow, regularly and closely netted, except the mamelon, which is but little marked; rind very thin; flesh from an inch and a half to two inches thick, pale-green, sometimes becoming reddish towards the inside, exceedingly tender and juicy; juice sweet, and delicately perfumed.

    The Field and Garden Vegetables of America Containing Full Descriptions of Nearly Eleven Hundred Species and Varietes; With Directions for Propagation, Culture and Use.

  • In the case of "compound stamens" the original stamens are first developed each from its own cellular "mamelon," or growing point; and, after a time, other secondary growing points emerge from the primary one, and in this way the stamens are increased in number, without reference, necessarily, to the so-called law of alternation.

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • In fact when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin,"

    Bab Ballads and Savoy Songs

  • In fact, when I know what is meant by "mamelon" and "ravelin",

    Berto: Philosophy Monkey

  • After this achievement the barbarians came to a crest facing the mamelon, and Xenophon held a colloquy with them by means of an interpreter, to negotiate a truce, and demanded back the dead bodies.

    Anabasis

  • They reached the summit of the mamelon from which Xenophon was descending, and began rolling down crags.

    Anabasis

  • This was none other than the mamelon mentioned as above the outpost, which had been captured over their fire by the volunteer storming party in the night.

    Anabasis

  • Meanwhile, as the rest of the army filed past, and the colloquy was proceeding, all the people of the place had time to gather gradually, and the enemy formed; and as soon as the Hellenes began to descend from the mamelon to join the others where the troops were halted, on rushed the foe, in full force, with hue and cry.

    Anabasis

  • The rock itself was formed about six million years ago when lava was forced up through a narrow vent and formed a mamelon, a French word for nipple, which is a quite apt description of it.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • A second mamelon is clearly visible on nearby Mt Macedon and are apparently the best examples of this geological structure in the world.

    Archive 2007-03-01

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