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Pyrenees

[pir-uh-neez]
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plural noun
  1. a mountain range between Spain and France. Highest peak, Pic de Néthou, 11,165 feet (3400 meters).
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Related formsPyr·e·ne·an, adjectivesub-Pyr·e·ne·an, adjectivetrans-Pyr·e·ne·an, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • A zigzaggery, indeed, was this journey from Nmes to my Pyrenean valley.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • Let me now say something about the crops of this sweet Pyrenean valley.

    In the Heart of Vosges

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • It was not a very fat mule, however, but raw-boned and gaunt as a Pyrenean wolf.

    Bruin

    Mayne Reid

  • Exiles from the Pyrenean Peninsula supported him in his humane work.

  • While there the emperor bought a dog of the ancient Pyrenean race.


British Dictionary definitions for pyrenean

Pyrenean

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Pyrenees or their inhabitants
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Pyrenees

pl n
  1. a mountain range between France and Spain, extending from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean. Highest peak: Pico de Aneto, 3404 m (11 168 ft)
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Word Origin and History for pyrenean

Pyrenees

1550s, from French Pyrénées, from Latin Pyrenæi montes, from Greek Pyrene, name of a daughter of Bebryx/Bebrycius who was beloved of Herakles; she is said to be buried in these mountains (or that the mountains are the tomb Herakles reared over her corpse). The name is said to mean literally "fruit-stone," but Room says it might be Greek pyr "fire" + eneos "dumb, speechless," which perhaps translates or folk-etymologizes a Celtic goddess name. "In medieval times there was no overall name for the range and local people would have known only the names of individual mountains and valleys" [Room, Adrian, Place Names of the World, 2nd ed., McFarland & Co., 2006]. Related: Pyrenean.

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pyrenean in Culture

Pyrenees

[(pir-uh-neez)]

Mountain chain in southwestern Europe, between France and Spain, extending from the Bay of Biscay on the west to the Mediterranean Sea on the east.

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