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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MOUNTAIN

He wants to know what mysteries this mountain hides from his eyes.

"You're going to get away from the mountain desert and go straight," said Allister.

The lower parts of the mountain were covered with the nut-pine.

At Nicolosi their rest was disturbed by the distant booming of the mountain.

His own life was as littered with hard deeds as the side of a mountain with boulders.

The mountain in the sunset had stopped the five couriers in a conversation.

That mountain wall, impracticable as it seems, we have to scale.

They went swiftly with their eyes on the ground by the north gate to the mountain.

Next thing they'll be asking about mountain lions and rattlesnakes.

"Been rolling that to the top of the mountain," he said lightly.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old French montaigne (Modern French montagne), from Vulgar Latin *montanea "mountain, mountain region," noun use of fem. of *montaneus "of a mountain, mountainous," from Latin montanus "mountainous, of mountains," from mons (genitive montis) "mountain" (see mount (n.)).

Until 18c., applied to a fairly low elevation if it was prominent (e.g. Sussex Downs, the hills around Paris). As an adjective from late 14c. Mountain dew "raw and inferior whiskey" first recorded 1839; earlier a type of Scotch whiskey (1816); Jamieson's 1825 "Supplement" to his Scottish dictionary defines it specifically as "A cant term for Highland whisky that has paid no duty." Mountain-climber recorded from 1839; mountain-climbing from 1836.

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