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mountains

  • massif - A compact group of mountains or a mountain range section; it first meant "building block" and the word massive is derived from that.
  • Idaho - Shoshone for "light on mountains."
  • orogenesis, orogeny - Orogenesis is the formation of mountains (Greek oros) and orogeny is the process by which mountains are formed.
  • ultramontane - Means "beyond the mountains."

Mountains


a love of high mountains and of heights. — acrophile, n.
the climbing of the Alps or any equally high mountain ranges. — alpinist, n.
the process of the formation of mountains. Also called orogeny. — orogenic, adj.
Physical Geography. the study of mountains and mountain systems. — orographic, oreographic, oreographical, orographical, adj.
the scientific study of mountains. — orologist, oreologist, n. — orological, oreological, adj.
the measurement of mountains. — orometric, adj.
Botany. referring to orophytes, a class of plants growing on mountains below the timberline.

Mountains

 

See Also: LANDSCAPES, NATURE

  1. Cropped, long-faced hills that bristled with pine like so many unshaven cheeks —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  2. The hills here are long and blue, like paintings —Bobbie Ann Mason
  3. Hills like breasts —Karl Shapiro
  4. The hillside is dotted with white plum trees like puffs of smoke —Colette
  5. Hills … lay there like a herd of drowsing buffalo —Yitzhak Shenhar
  6. Hills … like a young girl’s breasts —William Boyd
  7. Hills rose up like bubbles —Phyllis Bottome
  8. Like an enormous landscape lay the mountain —Delmore Schwartz
  9. Mountains … like crouching camels —Milton Raison
  10. Mountains like puffs of smoke —George Garrett
  11. The mountains rolled like whales through the phosphorous stars —Derek Walcott
  12. The mountains rose like worn, dark-skinned fists —Carlos Fuentes
  13. Mountains, stretching themselves like great luxurious cats in the sunshine —Hugh Walpole
  14. Mountains … unreal like movie props —John Rechy
  15. The mountains were jagged like a page ripped out of a book —Kate Grenville
  16. The mountains were just visible, dusky and black, like waves of charcoal —John Fowles
  17. The mountain tops were whitened by moonlight like crests of waves —Lee Smith
  18. The mountain was shining like glass in color —Paul Horgan
  19. The scenery is funny little hills shaped like scoops of ice cream —Bobbie Ann Mason
  20. The hills are … ribbed like the remains of antediluvian breasts stretched across the horizon —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  21. To live in mountains is like living with someone who always talks at the top of his, or it may be her, voice —Leonard Woolf
  22. Tree-covered folds in the mountains … lying like a gigantic crumpled velvet rug —John Fowles
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And it is supposed to be in a buried city named Kurzon, somewhere in the Sierra de Merendon range of mountains, in the vicinity of the Copan valley.
On those bitter, starlit nights, as we sat around the old stove that fed us and warmed us and kept us cheerful, we could hear the coyotes howling down by the corrals, and their hungry, wintry cry used to remind the boys of wonderful animal stories; about grey wolves and bears in the Rockies, wildcats and panthers in the Virginia mountains.
The hardy colonist, and the trained European who fought at his side, frequently expended months in struggling against the rapids of the streams, or in effecting the rugged passes of the mountains, in quest of an opportunity to exhibit their courage in a more martial conflict.
At a vast distance I beheld the mountains lift their venerable brows, and penetrate the clouds.
I imagine it would be very difficult to carry a piano over those mountains," said Christie laughingly, to avoid the collateral of the banjo.
Without looking to the right or left to notice the scene of rural wealth, on which he had so often gloated, he went straight to the stable, and with several hearty cuffs and kicks roused his steed most uncourteously from the comfortable quarters in which he was soundly sleeping, dreaming of mountains of corn and oats, and whole valleys of timothy and clover.
Deep into distant woodlands winds a mazy way, reaching to overlapping spurs of mountains bathed in their hill-side blue.
For with the strength of a thousand thighs in his tail, Leviathan had run his head under the mountains of the sea, to hide him from the Pequod's fish-spears
The roadway was commonly several feet lower than the level of the houses, which were sometimes joined by high board walks; there were no pavements--there were mountains and valleys and rivers, gullies and ditches, and great hollows full of stinking green water.
It is the granite formation, which lies deepest, and rises out, even to the tops of the highest mountains.
The heavens of America appear infinitely higher, the sky is bluer, the air is fresher, the cold is intenser, the moon looks larger, the stars are brighter the thunder is louder, the lightning is vivider, the wind is stronger, the rain is heavier, the mountains are higher, the rivers longer, the forests bigger, the plains broader.
I have carried him thousands and thousands of miles on scout duty for the army, and there's not a gorge, nor a pass, nor a valley, nor a fort, nor a trading post, nor a buffalo-range in the whole sweep of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains that we don't know as well as we know the bugle-calls.

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