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[him-uh-ley-uh z, hi-mahl-yuh z]
  1. the, a mountain range extending about 1500 miles (2400 km) along the border between India and Tibet. Highest peak, Mt. Everest, 29,028 feet (8848 meters).
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Also called the Him·a·la·ya, Himalaya Mountains.
Related formsHim·a·la·yan, adjectivesub-Him·a·la·yan, adjectivetrans-Him·a·lay·an, adjective
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Examples from the Web for trans-himalayan

Historical Examples

  • Conquered and persecuted by the Brahmans, they emigrated by thousands to Ceylon and the trans-Himalayan districts.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan

    Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

  • The Romish missionaries of later times made repeated attempts to establish themselves in the Trans-Himalayan regions.

  • It has, then, been my lot to cross eight Trans-Himalayan passes, while seven have been crossed by other travellers.

  • There are no true lynxes in India proper; we must look to the colder Trans-Himalayan countries for them.

British Dictionary definitions for trans-himalayan



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  1. the Himalayas a vast mountain system in S Asia, extending 2400 km (1500 miles) from Kashmir (west) to Assam (east), between the valleys of the Rivers Indus and Brahmaputra: covers most of Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan, and the S edge of Tibet; the highest range in the world, with several peaks over 7500 m (25 000 ft). Highest peak: Mount Everest, 8848 m (29 028 ft)
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trans-himalayan in Culture


[(him-uh-lay-uhz, huh-mahl-yuhz)]

Mountain range in Asia, extending east through Pakistan, India, China (Tibet), Nepal, and Bhutan.

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The Himalayas contain the world's highest mountains, including Mount Everest.
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