- a mountain range between Spain and France. Highest peak, Pic de Néthou, 11,165 feet (3400 meters).
Examples from the Web for pyrenees
Hemingway and his first wife Hadley went from the Basque country to Pamplona over the Pyrenees by bus.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
The two women crossed the Pyrenees by foot, ending up in a Spanish jail before being rescued by friends.At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Anniversary, One Survivor’s Quest Continues
April 29, 2013
Doctor Chassaigne had just left for the Pyrenees in a state of mortal anxiety.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
I count more than ever, madame, upon your journey to the Pyrenees.The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete
Madame La Marquise De Montespan
The banner of the Prophet should wave from the Pyrenees to the Baltic!
They had been on guard for centuries, keeping the Franks back from the Pyrenees.
To the north, over the tall wall of the Pyrenees Mountains, is France.Getting to know Spain
- 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)
Word Origin and History for 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.