Dell (landform)

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Dell in the Little Carpathians with a dry stream channel

In physical geography, a dell is a small secluded hollow, (implying also) grassy, park-like, usually partially-wooded valley.[1][2] The word "dell" comes from the Old English word dell, which is related to the Old English word dæl, modern 'dale'.[2][3] Dells in literature are often portrayed as pleasant safe havens. The term is sometimes used interchangeably with dingle, although this specifically refers to deep ravines or hollows that are embowered with trees.[4] The terms have also been combined to form examples of tautological placenames in Dingle Dell, Kent, and Dingle Dell Reserve, Auckland.[5][6]

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  3. ^ John Richard Clark Hall, A Concise Anglo-Saxon Dictionary
  4. ^ "dingle". Merriam Webster. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "Dingle Dell, Sevenoaks". The Ordnance Survey. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Wilcox, M (2013). "Flora of dingle dell reserve, St Heliers". Auckland Botanical Society Journal. 68(2): 118–132.

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  • Media related to Dells at Wikimedia Commons