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- 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."
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.
- Cropped, long-faced hills that bristled with pine like so many unshaven cheeks —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- The hills here are long and blue, like paintings —Bobbie Ann Mason
- Hills like breasts —Karl Shapiro
- The hillside is dotted with white plum trees like puffs of smoke —Colette
- Hills … lay there like a herd of drowsing buffalo —Yitzhak Shenhar
- Hills … like a young girl’s breasts —William Boyd
- Hills rose up like bubbles —Phyllis Bottome
- Like an enormous landscape lay the mountain —Delmore Schwartz
- Mountains … like crouching camels —Milton Raison
- Mountains like puffs of smoke —George Garrett
- The mountains rolled like whales through the phosphorous stars —Derek Walcott
- The mountains rose like worn, dark-skinned fists —Carlos Fuentes
- Mountains, stretching themselves like great luxurious cats in the sunshine —Hugh Walpole
- Mountains … unreal like movie props —John Rechy
- The mountains were jagged like a page ripped out of a book —Kate Grenville
- The mountains were just visible, dusky and black, like waves of charcoal —John Fowles
- The mountain tops were whitened by moonlight like crests of waves —Lee Smith
- The mountain was shining like glass in color —Paul Horgan
- The scenery is funny little hills shaped like scoops of ice cream —Bobbie Ann Mason
- The hills are … ribbed like the remains of antediluvian breasts stretched across the horizon —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- 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
- Tree-covered folds in the mountains … lying like a gigantic crumpled velvet rug —John Fowles