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S England (obsolete as a nound but common as a place-name element)
- A grove or copse especially on a hill or rise.
- A bank or eminence especially one composed of sandy material
- In heraldry a small group of trees generally mounted on a base
Old English hyrst. Related to German dialect horst ‘heap, cluster, thicket, top of rock, sandbank’ and Middle Low German horst ‘hill, wooded or bushy eminence, small wood’.