One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mountain system in Europe extending in a curve from the coast of SE France through NW Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, southern Germany, and Austria into Slovenia. The highest peak of the Alps, Mont Blanc, rises to a height of 4,807 m (15,771 ft).
Late Middle English: via French from Latin Alpes, from Greek Alpeis, of unknown origin.
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