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

  • n. An Arctic mound or conical hill, consisting of an outer layer of soil covering a core of solid ice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conical mound with an ice core (that is, a mound of earth-covered ice), particularly if lasting more than a year; caused by permafrost uplift.

Etymologies

Inuit pingu.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Greenlandic or Inuktitut pingu ("small hill"). (Wiktionary)

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  • A rock peak covered by ice but remaining distinguishable; a dome-shaped mound consisting of a layer of soil over a core of ice; a circular depression, frequently water-filled, thought to be the remains of such a mound formed during former periglacial conditions.

    January 1, 2008