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.

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  • 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.


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

After Mount Monadnock, a peak of southwest New Hampshire.

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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").


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

    Think Progress

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

    there's more dark meat on a hamster

  • 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. Site Feed

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

  • 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 - Financial News

  • 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