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Monday word: lynchet

lynchet (ˈlɪntʃɪt), noun

A ridge formed on a plowed hillside.

Think of terraces on a hillside.  Plowing across a hillside eventually forms terraces, as disturbed soil slides downhill to create a slight ridge - a positive lynchet - on the downhill side of the plowed area (a negative lynchet is created on the uphill side of the plowed area).

Etymology:  diminutive form of Old English hlinc, ridge, rising ground.

Although traditionally associated with ancient fields in the British Isles, I learned the term from a book by Will Bonsall, who has created similar plowed terraces on his farm in Maine.


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