AskDefine | Define foothill

Dictionary Definition

foothill n : a relatively low hill on the lower slope of a mountain

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  1. A hill at the base of a mountain or mountain range.

Extensive Definition

Foothills are geographically defined as gradual increases in hilly areas at the base of a mountain range. They are generally larger than hills, but not as tall as nearby mountains. Many neighborhoods and communities found in such a location are termed "the foothills".
Areas where foothills exist, or areas commonly referred to as the foothills, include:
Another word for a foothill region is "piedmont". The Piedmont region of Italy lies in the foothills of the Alps, and several other foothills in other parts of the world go by similar names; see piedmont (disambiguation).
foothill in Aragonese: Semontano
foothill in Catalan: Peu de muntanya
foothill in German: Vorberge (Geomorphologie)
foothill in Spanish: Piedemonte
foothill in Esperanto: Montetaro
foothill in Persian: کوه‌پایه
foothill in Polish: Pogórze
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