- a mountain range between Spain and France. Highest peak, Pic de Néthou, 11,165 feet (3400 meters).
Examples from the Web for pyrenean
A zigzaggery, indeed, was this journey from Nmes to my Pyrenean valley.
Let me now say something about the crops of this sweet Pyrenean valley.
It was not a very fat mule, however, but raw-boned and gaunt as a Pyrenean wolf.Bruin
Exiles from the Pyrenean Peninsula supported him in his humane work.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
While there the emperor bought a dog of the ancient Pyrenean race.Letters to an Unknown
- of or relating to the Pyrenees or their inhabitants
- 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 pyrenean
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.