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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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State of the fur trade of the Rocky Mountains American enterprises General Ashley and his associates Sublette, a famous leader Yearly rendezvous among the mountains Stratagems and dangers of the trade Bands of trappers Indian banditti Crows and Blackfeet Mountaineers Traders of the Far West Character and habits of the trapper
From that time, the Hudson's Bay Company enjoyed a monopoly of the Indian trade from the coast of the Pacific to the Rocky Mountains, and for a considerable extent north and south.
It is indeed a remarkable fact to see so many of the same plants living on the snowy regions of the Alps or Pyrenees, and in the extreme northern parts of Europe; but it is far more remarkable, that the plants on the White Mountains, in the United States of America, are all the same with those of Labrador, and nearly all the same, as we hear from Asa Gray, with those on the loftiest mountains of Europe.
The ruins of a house burnt by fire do not tell their tale more plainly, than do the mountains of Scotland and Wales, with their scored flanks, polished surfaces, and perched boulders, of the icy streams with which their valleys were lately filled.
Hunt and his party were now on the skirts of the Black Hills, or Black Mountains, as they are sometimes called; an extensive chain, lying about a hundred miles east of the Rocky Mountains, and stretching in a northeast direction from the south fork of the Nebraska, or Platte River, to the great north bend of the Missouri.
But hills and mountains on that side showed bare and heated, though beautiful with the sunburnt tawniness of California.
These mountains of Doerful and Leibnitz rose in the midst of plains of a medium extent, which were bounded by an indefinite succession of circles and annular ramparts.
He who climbeth on the highest mountains, laugheth at all tragic plays and tragic realities.
There are very few valleys which lead to the central ranges, and the mountains are quite impassable in other parts by beasts of burden.
The passages from Sketches from Memory show that Hawthorne had visited the mountains in one of his occasional rambles from home, but there are no entries in his Note Books which give accounts of such a visit.
Once upon a time there was a Glass Mountain at the top of which stood a castle made of pure gold, and in front of the castle there grew an apple-tree on which there were golden apples.
No one can say that Guph was not brave, for he had determined to visit those dangerous creatures the Phanfasms, who resided upon the very top of the dread Mountain of Phantastico.

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