mound

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From earlier meaning "hedge, fence", from Middle English mound, mund(protection, boundary, raised earthen rampart), from Old English mund(hand, hand of protection, protector, guardianship), from Proto-Germanic *mundō(hand), *munduz(protection, patron), from Proto-Indo-European *men-, *man-, *mar-(hand). Cognate with Old Frisian mund(guardianship), Old High German munt(hand, protection) (German Mündel(ward), Vormund(a guardian)), Old Norse mund(hand) (Icelandic mund), Middle Dutch mond(protection), Latin manus(hand), Ancient Greek μάρη(márē, hand).

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Mounds of salt

mound ‎(plural mounds)

  1. (obsolete, anatomy, measurement, figuratively) A hand.
  2. (obsolete) A protection; restraint; curb.
  3. (obsolete) A helmet.
  4. (obsolete) Might; size.
  5. An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embankment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart.
  6. A natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
  7. (baseball) Elevated area of dirt upon which the pitcher stands to pitch.
  8. A ball or globe forming part of the regalia of an emperor or other sovereign. It is encircled with bands, enriched with precious stones, and surmounted with a cross.
  9. (US, vulgar, slang) The mons veneris.

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mound ‎(third-person singular simple present mounds, present participle mounding, simple past and past participle mounded)

  1. (transitive) To fortify with a mound; add a barrier, rampart, etc. to.
  2. (transitive) To force or pile into a mound or mounds.
    He mounded up his mashed potatoes so they left more space on the plate for the meat.

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