aiguille

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

noun

a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.

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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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Scientific 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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