AskDefine | Define mamelon

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French

Pronunciation

  • /mam(ə)lɔ̃/

Noun

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Extensive Definition

A mamelon (from French "nipple") is a small fortified hill. In particular, the term Mamelon was used for one of the defenses of Sevastopol in the Crimean War and at the Siege of Tuyen Quang in China.
A mamelon is also a volcanic formation formed when a stiff type of lava is squeezed through a narrow vent in the earth, thus forming a rounded pile of layers on the surface.
A mamelon is also a small, cusp-like feature on the occlusal edge of unworn incisor crowns.
mamelon in Swedish: Mamelon
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