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 (ā-gwēl′, ə-gēl′)
1. A sharply pointed mountain peak, especially one of several on a larger massif.
2. A needle-shaped drill for boring holes in rock or masonry.

[French, needle, from Old French; see aglet.]
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(eɪˈɡwiːl; ˈeɪɡwiːl)
1. (Geological Science) a rock mass or mountain peak shaped like a needle
2. (Geological Science) an instrument for boring holes in rocks or masonry
[C19: French, literally: needle]
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(eɪˈgwil, ˈeɪ gwil)

a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.
[1810–20; < French: literally, needle < Vulgar Latin *acūcula]
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Mont Blanc, the supreme and magnificent Mont Blanc, raised itself from the surrounding aiguilles, and its tremendous dome overlooked the valley.
In 2015, Yasmin hiked to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, while she has also taken part in various climbs, like the Aiguille du Tour, Tete Blanche, Petite Fourche, and the surrounding peaks on the Col du Midi, in Chamonix, France.
Further off, the twin peaks of Aiguille de Venosc and Roche de la Muzelle soar above the horizon.
The Sussex trainer has already secured the 2m11/2f contest with Darebin (2015) and Aiguille Rouge a year ago and is back for more with his French import.
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He has since completed climbs in the French Alps but also around the world, such as Aiguille Du Midi, Mont Rainier and Kilimanjaro.
A must-see, out of your ski gear, is the Aiguille du Midi summit (3842m).
A view from Dome de Couter towards Aiguille de Bionnasay, one of the satellite peaks of the Mont Blanc massif on the border between France and Italy.
De fil en aiguille, il commence a composer des textes d'amour.
The cable car connects Aiguille du Midi peak on the French side of the mountain and the Helbronner summit on the Italian border.
More than 100 people were trapped Thursday on a broken cable car in the Western France city of Chamonix, prompting local officials to launch&nbsp;rescue&nbsp;missions via helicopters.&nbsp;The cable car was suspended over the gondola of the Panoramic Mont Blanc - connecting the Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner peak -&nbsp;which is approximately 11,358 feet above sea level.
The region has a range of attractions and apart from being home to the highest mountain in Europe travellers can enjoy spectacular views of the Aiguille du Midi cable car (3842 metres), and view the entire snow clad mountain range.