aiguille

[ ey-gweel, ey-gweel ]
/ eɪˈgwil, ˈeɪ gwil /

noun

a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.

Nearby words

  1. aif,
  2. aiga,
  3. aight,
  4. aiglet,
  5. aigrette,
  6. aiguillette,
  7. aih,
  8. aiken,
  9. aiken, conrad,
  10. aikido

Origin of aiguille

1810–20; < French: literally, needle < Vulgar Latin *acūcula, alteration of Late Latin acucula, equivalent to acu(s) needle + -cula -cule1; cf. acicula

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British Dictionary definitions for aiguille

aiguille

/ (eɪˈɡwiːl, ˈeɪɡwiːl) /

noun

a rock mass or mountain peak shaped like a needle
an instrument for boring holes in rocks or masonry

Word Origin for aiguille

C19: French, literally: needle

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Science definitions for aiguille

aiguille

[ ā-gwēl ]

A sharply pointed mountain peak found in regions that have undergone intense glaciation. Aigulles are believed to be the remnants of the elevated areas separating two adjacent cirques.
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