Definition of ubac in English:

ubac

noun

Geography
  • A mountain slope which receives little sunshine, especially one facing north.

    Compare with adret
    • ‘Adrets (south-facing slopes) are most suitable for building villages and growing crops, whilst ubacs (north-facing slopes) often remain wooded.’
    • ‘This kind of moor, well represented in Tarentaise is characterised by ubacs (north or north west facing slopes).’
    • ‘The ubacs (the North facing shady slopes) are given over to forests.’
    • ‘Ubacs are colder, have more snow cover and a longer duration of snow cover.’
    hill, hillside, hillock, bank, rise, escarpment, scarp
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Origin

1930s: from French, apparently from Latin opacus ‘shady’.

Pronunciation

ubac

/ˈjuːbak/