American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An area of land formed or lying at the foot of a mountain or mountain range.
- adj. Of, relating to, or constituting such an area of land.
- From Piedmont, ultimately from Italian piémonte ("foot of a mountain"); cognate with French piémont. (Wiktionary)
- After Piedmont . (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The sharp relief of the mountains, with their grass-covered summits, precipitous slopes and flat open piedmont, is formed by a ridge of iron-quartzite emerging from softer metamorphic rocks.”
“The inspiration came from having carne crudo (and nebbiolo) that is so ubiquitous in piedmont.”
“At the base of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, shallow soils derived from sedimentary rocks support a particular community known as piedmont scrub.”
“During the 18th and 19th centuries, in the middle Atlantic and particularly in the Southern states, there was a long-standing cleavage between the coastal and 'piedmont' regions on the one hand and the upcountry areas to the west on the other.”
“Looks like the second ruts is kicking in around my home in the lower piedmont now.”
“What I mean is that North Carolina, as every schoolchild knows, has three distinct regions: coastal plain, piedmont, and mountains.”
“Her novels cover a great deal of territory, from the mills of the piedmont to the Donner Party and the Nevada desert to children suffering with chronic illness -- she contains multitudes.”
“Weathering also left a gigantic sheet of hard iron-quartzite jutting out of the eroded piedmont schists and granite gneiss.”
“This crusts over the whole glacis of the eastern and northern parts of the piedmont giving very poor soils, usually skeletal lithosols if present at all.”
“The piedmont savanna is patchy, varying according to its degree of laterization and pan-development; in places it is marshy overlying rock pavement.”
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