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  1. pertaining to, growing in, or inhabiting mountainous regions.
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  1. the lower vegetation belt on mountains.
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Origin of montane

1860–65; < Latin montānus, equivalent to mont- (stem of mōns) mount2 + -ānus -ane
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Related Words

aerial, elevated, high, lofty, mountainous, rangy, soaring, towering, montane, snowcapped

Examples from the Web for montane

Historical Examples

  • The montane region has long been famous for its mines of gold and silver.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • Only 29 birds are known to be endemic to the island and 17 of these are montane.

  • During the glacial ages continental and montane glaciers are judged to have covered much of Canada and the northern United States.

  • In response to the montane environment the subspecies obscuroides, resembling the subspecies obscurus of the Rockies, developed.

  • Its geographic range is similar to that of the montane and basin segments of S. vagrans.

British Dictionary definitions for montane


  1. of or inhabiting mountainous regionsa montane flora
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin montānus, from mons mountain
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