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1. A mountain meadow, especially one used for pasturage.
2. A high mountain.
3. A very large mound or mass.
[Ultimately, partly via German Alp (from German dialectal (Alemannic) Alp, from Middle High German albe, from Old High German alba) and partly via French regional (Switzerland) alpe (probably of Alpine Romance origin; akin to Lombard alp and Italian alpe), from an indigenous pre-Roman Alpine language (also the source of Latin Alpēs, the Alps), Senses 2 and 3, back-formation from the Alps.]
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1. (Physical Geography) (in the European Alps) an area of pasture above the valley bottom but below the mountain peaks
2. (Physical Geography) a high mountain
[C14: back formation from Alps, from French Alpes (pl), from Latin Alpēs, from Greek Alpeis]
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a high mountain.
[1635–1645; back formation from Alps]
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