a low, mossy [swell] was my pillow


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The quotation comes from Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (Chap. 28) | Genius

Quotation: Beside the crag the heath was very deep: when I lay down my feet were buried in it; rising high on each side, it left only a narrow space for the night-air to invade. I folded my shawl double, and spread it over me for a coverlet; a low, mossy swell was my pillow. Thus lodged, I was not, at least—at the commencement of the night, cold.
Hi everyone! I don’t understand the word “swell”. I failed to find any applicable definition in dictionaries.

I guess it means “something swelled”, like a “low mound of earth”. Is it correct?
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