wold 1. an elevated tract of open country. 2. Often, wolds. an open, hilly district, especially in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire.
Probably not one in a million people in this country have ever heard it used or used it in a sentence.
Now that you mention it...The Cotswolds are a location I’ve heard of often.
Fairly certain it was used in’Lord of the Rings’.
It's used in America, specifically in Arkansas. It's a physiographical term, used (in Arkansas) about elevated ridges of more erosion-resistant formations or partially-consolidated sediments. Where the gently-dipping formations crop out at the surface, they form these ridges or "wolds".
In Texas, the continuation of these selfsame features into Texas are referred to by the physiographical term "cuestas" (Spanish, lit. "ribs") generally used there.
When such features are more steeply-dipping and sharply pronounced, they are called "hogbacks" instead, and are common among the erosion-resistant Mesozoic and Paleozoic outcroppings in the mountain West and Basin-and-Range province.
“Probably not one in a million people in this country have ever heard it used or used it in a sentence. “
Guess I’m one in a million, when I saw the post, I thought, “Of course it passed spell check!”. And yes, I knew the definition of the word.
It was used in Lord of the Rings, several times, but Tolkein was a philologist.