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  • n. Plural form of hill-fort.


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  • And I want there to be a knights army in ships come to invade them, and hill-forts and ... and we can take it in turns to do the writing and the drawing ...

    zornhau: Kurtzhau and Zornhau on the road to Neverwhen

  • Old English/Anglo-Saxon adopted this word, in the context of hill-forts, to mean the hills themselves; and as tūn became our word "town", dūn became "down" as in the North and South Downs.


  • Certain it is, she received large sums of money, under pretence of paying off her troops, surrendering of hill-forts, and Heaven knows what besides.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • He was too apt to contrast it with Damascus: the wind-swept Istrian hills with the zephyr-ruffled Lebanon, the dull red plains of the Austrian sea-board with the saffron of the desert, the pre-historic castellieri or hill-forts, in which, nevertheless, he took some pleasure, with the columned glories of

    The Life of Sir Richard Burton

  • A good two hundred and fifty miles lay between the camp and Sammael's great hill-forts across a plain of grass where a fifty-foot rise was considered a tall hill and a thicket of two hides a forest.

    Lord of Chaos

  • There was a ... place ... that he knew how to enter, a strange, unpeopled reflection of the real world, and he had walked the wooden walls of those massive hill-forts there.

    Lord of Chaos

  • They dug themselves into the best of the local hill-forts, mended its walls, provisioned it, and waited upon events.

    Funeral Games

  • Alexander took the hill-forts one by one, except those that surrendered.

    The Persian Boy

  • He learned wonderful skill and cunning in taking hill-forts.

    The Persian Boy

  • Hitherto we have seen the Zouaves only in time of active war, or in the defence of hill-forts, obliged to unity through fear of an ever-menacing foe, and laboring for their own preservation or comfort only; but now commenced a new training for them, no less severe and dangerous, in which they showed themselves equally willing and competent, -- a war against stubborn Nature in all her most forbidding aspects.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 04, No. 22, August, 1859


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