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Mountains, hills and cliffs - synonyms or related words

ascent

noun

a slope, or the path that someone uses to climb a slope

bluff

noun

a steep cliff by the ocean or by a river. This word is often used in the names of places.

butte

noun

American

a hill with a flat top and steep sides in a flat area of land

cliff

noun

the steep side of an area of high land

cliff

noun

relating to a cliff

downs

noun

areas of low hills covered with grass, especially in southern England

dune

noun

a hill of sand on a beach or in a desert

fell

noun

mainly British

a hill or area of high land

foothills

noun

the low hills next to a high mountain or group of high mountains

the (Scottish) Highlands

noun

an area of land that is at a high level and consists of hills and mountains

hill

noun

an area of land that is higher than the land surrounding it but smaller and lower than a mountain

hill

noun

a steep slope in a path or road

hillock

noun

old-fashioned

a small hill

hummock

noun

mainly literary

a small area of ground that is slightly higher than the ground around it

knoll

noun

a low round hill

kop

noun

South African

a hill

koppie

noun

South African

a small hill

M.

abbreviation

mountain

massif

noun

a group of mountains that form a large unit

mesa

noun

a small area of flat high land with steep sides, especially in the south-west U.S.

moor

noun

British

a large area of high land covered with grass, bushes, and heather, with soil that is not good for growing crops

moorland

noun

British

a large area of high land covered with grass, bushes, and heather. This can also be called moorlands.

mound

noun

a small hill, especially one that has been made by people

mount

noun

a mountain: used in names

mountain

noun

a natural structure like a very big hill that is much higher than the usual level of land around it

mountain range

noun

a long row of mountains

Mount Everest

the highest mountain in the world, in the range of mountains called the Himalayas on the northeast border of Nepal. It is often simply called Everest.

Mt.

abbreviation

Mount or Mountain: used in the names of mountains

palisades

noun

a line of high cliffs

peak

noun

mainly literary

a mountain

pk.

abbreviation

peak

precipice

noun

a very steep high cliff

range

noun

a number of mountains considered as a group

rise

noun

a piece of land that slopes upward

sand dune

noun

a hill of sand that is formed by the wind in a desert or near a beach

scarp

noun

a steep slope or cliff

sierra

noun

a group of mountains with a rough top edge

tor

noun

mainly British

a hill that has rocks on top of it

upland

noun

American

an area of high land

the white cliffs of Dover

the tall white cliffs along the coast of southern England near Dover. They are often the first thing that people see when they arrive in England by boat from continental Europe.

normcore

a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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boutonnière

a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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