Many glacial features were first described in the Alps by French- and German-speaking scientists. Horace Benedict de Saussure first used the word moutonnée ("fleecy") in 1776 to describe a large set of knobs of rounded bedrock. (Saussure also named seracs.) Today a roche moutonnée is widely believed to mean a rock knob that resembles a grazing sheep (mouton), but that isn't really true. "Roche moutonnée" is simply a technical name nowadays, and it's better not to make assumptions based on the etymology of the word. Also, the term is often applied to large bedrock hills that have a streamlined shape, but it should be restricted to landforms that owe their primary shape to glacial action, not preexisting hills that were merely polished by it.