- a mountain range between Spain and France. Highest peak, Pic de Néthou, 11,165 feet (3400 meters).
Examples from the Web for pyrenean
Let me now say something about the crops of this sweet Pyrenean valley.
A zigzaggery, indeed, was this journey from Nmes to my 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.