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