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]

See also[edit]

  • Matthiessen State Park – State park in Illinois, USA
  • Wisconsin Dells – Gorge on the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin, United States
  • Cirque – An amphitheatre-like valley formed by glacial erosion
  • Coulee – Type of valley or drainage zone
  • Glen – Name for valley commonly used in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man
  • U-shaped valley, also known as glaciated valley – Valleys formed by glacial scouring
  • Gully – Landform created by running water and/or mass movement eroding sharply into soil
  • Canyon, also known as Gorge – Deep ravine between cliffs
  • Rivendell – Fictional valley of Elves in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth - Tolkien's fictional Elvish locale.
  • Valley – Low area between hills, often with a river running through it
  • Hollywood Dell, Los Angeles – human settlement in Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  • "The Farmer in the Dell" – Traditional song


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  2. ^ a b "Dell Definition & Meaning". Retrieved 2022-05-13.
  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. Archived from the original on 2021-02-10. Retrieved 2020-07-27.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dells at Wikimedia Commons