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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Definitions for alpenglow

  1. a reddish glow often seen on the summits of mountains just before sunrise or just after sunset.

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Citations for alpenglow
Now came the solemn, silent evening. Long, blue, spiky shadows crept out across the snow-fields, while a rosy glow, at first scarce discernible, gradually deepened and suffused every mountain-top, flushing the glaciers and the harsh crags above them. This was the alpenglow, to me one of the most impressive of all the terrestrial manifestations of God. John Muir, The Mountains of California, 1894
In the moment that the sun dipped below the horizon, the air filled with a strange and pinkish light. It sifted through the atmosphere, until everything was tinted with the softness of its shimmering. I had seen light similar to this in Switzerland, where it was known as alpenglow. But this was no ordinary alpenglow. Paul Watkins, The Ice Soldier, 2005
Origin of alpenglow
Alpenglow comes from the German word Alpenglühen in which the first element, Alpen, refers to the Alps, and the second element, glühen, means "to glow." It entered English in the mid-1800s.