An artificial hill or elevation of earth; a raised bank; an embarkment thrown up for defense; a bulwark; a rampart; also, a natural elevation appearing as if thrown up artificially; a regular and isolated hill, hillock, or knoll. To thrid the thickets or to leap the mounds. (Dryden) Mound bird.
Origin: OE. Mound, mund, protection, AS. Mund protection, hand; akin to OHG. Munt, Icel. Mund hand, and prob. To L. Manus. See Manual.
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... old are the archaea, which thrive in acidic, high- temperature, or high-radiation environments. Another ancient organisms are the stromatolites, mounds of algae and bacteria that today grow in the Bahamas, Shark's Bay Australia, and a few other limited environments. They have been around, also ...
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