One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sharp pinnacle of rock in a mountain range.
mountain, hill, height, alp, serac, puy, crag, tor, inselbergView synonyms
- ‘Across the valley, towering above you, is the snow-covered dome of Mont Blanc, glaciers tumbling down its northern face and the razor-sharp needles of several aiguilles, set in a jagged line across the southern horizon.’
- ‘It's clear there will be no rocks tomorrow, but the Tyrrell party may arrive this afternoon, in which case I shall go up to Montanvert with them, on the chance of doing an Aiguille on Thursday.’
- ‘The summit of the Aiguille Verte exhibits the original culmination of the group which is now divided into several aiguilles.’
- ‘I meant to go up an Aiguille yesterday morning, but when I woke at 2 AM the clouds were low down on the hills, fresh snow and everything unsuitable to climbing.’
- ‘For the athlete who will spend days on an aiguille for the sake of gymnastics has less of the true stuff in him than the simple fellow who goes a walking tour in Devonshire from an honest liking for high places.’
Mid 18th century: from French, literally ‘needle’, from medieval Latin acucula ‘little needle’, diminutive of Latin acus.
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