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A sharp, narrow mountain ridge or spur.
[French, from Old French areste, fishbone, spine, from Late Latin arista, awn, fishbone, from Latin, awn.]
1. (Physical Geography) a sharp ridge separating two cirques or glacial valleys in mountainous regions
[C19: from French: fishbone, backbone (of a fish), ridge, sharp edge, from Latin arista ear of corn, fishbone]
the aggregate of qualities making up good character.
[1930–35; < Greek aretḗ]
a sharp rugged mountain ridge produced by glaciation.
[1860–65; < French; Old French areste sharp ridge < Latin arista awn, ear of wheat]