Definitions

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

  • n. A mountain or rocky mass that has resisted erosion and stands isolated in an essentially level area. Also called inselberg.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hill or mountain standing isolated above a predominately flat plain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In physical geography, an isolated hill or mountain rising over a peneplain, and surviving because of the superior resistance of its rocks or of its distance from the larger rivers; a residual hill.

Etymologies

After Mount Monadnock, a peak of southwest New Hampshire.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the name of Mount Monadnock in New England, which derives from an Abenaki word, perhaps menonadenak, menonadenek ("smooth mountain") or menadenak, menadenek ("isolated mountain"), from aden ("mountain"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I so much need help figuring out what to do with "monadnock" … dbadass Says:

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  • It's named after a monadnock in North Carolina, Pilot Mountain.

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  • The lowland of the Sjaunja and Muddus, to the east consist of a monadnock plain, that is to say a wide plain with isolated low, conical hills, covered by taiga vegetation and lakes.

    Lapponian Area, Sweden

  • Among its low gentle heights there rises an occasional little monadnock like Chapel Hill, where the University of North Carolina lies on a rugged eminence which strikingly recalls New England.

    The Red Man's Continent: a chronicle of aboriginal America

  • "It is plain," he said, "that the basalt monadnock on which we stand is a carboniferous upthrust of metamorphosed schists, shales and conglomerate, probably Mesozoic or at least early Silurian."

    The Cruise of the Kawa

  • Pikes Peak stands sentinel-like seventy-five miles east of the range, a gigantic monadnock, remainder and reminder of a former range long ages worn away.

    The Book of the National Parks

  • It is a special kind of rare mountain called a monadnock.

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  • Ed said there's another monadnock north of Sacramento.

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  • Pilot Mountain, a quartzite monadnock rising to a peak 2,421 feet (738 m) above sea level, is one of the most distinctive natural features in the state of North

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  • He writes on a peneplain from which his monadnock rises.

    dbqp: visualizing poetics

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  • Possible having something to do with the fearsome monads?!

    March 3, 2010

  • I always think of the entire state of New Hampshire seeing this word. Strong word.

    March 3, 2010

  • Who are all these people cluttering up the image search results? I mean, I'm sure they're lovely human beings, but - more monadnock, less human interference, please!

    January 24, 2009

  • I once spent a fascinating three hours scouring Google Earth for monadnocks -- most of them look spectacular with the 3D terrain feature turned on.

    January 24, 2009

  • Even though I know this term refers to a kind of topographical feature, why do I always think of mad monks when I see it?

    January 23, 2009

  • Also known as an inselberg.

    January 23, 2009

  • Hmm. That explains Mount Monadnock State Park...

    September 23, 2008

  • A hill of resistant rock surmounting a peneplain.

    December 11, 2007