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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 *mh₂-nt-éh₂ (the beckoning one), from *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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mound (plural mounds)

  1. An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embankment thrown up for defense
    Synonyms: bulwark, rampart
  2. A natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll.
  3. (baseball) Elevated area of dirt upon which the pitcher stands to pitch.
  4. 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.
  5. (US, vulgar, slang) The mons veneris.
  6. (obsolete, anatomy, measurement, figuratively) A hand.
  7. (obsolete) A protection; restraint; curb.
  8. (obsolete) A helmet.
  9. (obsolete) Might; size.

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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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mound

  1. Alternative form of mund