pertaining to, growing in, or inhabiting mountainous regions.


the lower vegetation belt on mountains.

Origin of montane

1860–65; < Latin montānus, equivalent to mont- (stem of mōns) mount2 + -ānus -ane Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for montane

Historical Examples of montane

  • 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



of or inhabiting mountainous regionsa montane flora

Word Origin for montane

C19: from Latin montānus, from mons mountain
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