American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A mountain range of southwest Europe extending along the French-Spanish border from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean Sea. Pico de Aneto, its highest point, rises to 3,406.2 m (11,168 ft).
- n. The mountain range separating Spain from France, inhabited by Basques in the west and Catalans in the east.
- n. a chain of mountains between France and Spain
- First attested in 1555; from French Pyrénées, from Latin Pȳrēnæī montēs, from Ancient Greek Πυρήνη (Pūrēnē; “Pyrene”, literally “fruit-stone”), daughter of Bebryx and beloved of Herakles, and who, legend has it, is buried in the range. (Wiktionary)
“For high falls, the Electrical Station of Pagnieres Cap de Long, in the Pyrenees, is equipped with the two Pelton horizontal turbines producing 109,000 horsepower under a fall of 3,600 feet, which constitutes a world record of power for turbines of this category.”
“The idea of the Pyrenees is very charming, and I do not wonder Mrs. Malkin inclines thither, though I remember that when I was there, great as was my admiration for them, I felt rather as I was guilty of infidelity to the Alps all the time and made haste back to the latter, with something of penitence in delight at being once more upon my mountains.”
“I think the Pyrenees will be a sleeper just because everyone is looking at the epic Alps stages.”
“Obstructing the view are another thousand-plus kilometers and a few bumps in the road which I have yet to experience, known as the Pyrenees, beginning Sunday.”
“The field - called Pyrenees - holds an estimated 120 million barrels of recoverable oil.”
“When the spirit of discovery was thus once awakened, a succession of intelligent and daring men were stimulated to the pursuit; and the memorable James Bruce, who had begun life as a lawyer, grown weary of the profession, and turned traveller through the South of Europe at a period when the man who ventured across the Pyrenees was a hero; gallantly fixed his eyes on Africa, as a region of wonders, of which”
“The treaty of the Pyrenees was the last important achievement of”
“South of the Pyrenees were the Spanish and Portuguese monarchies, which, in a long process of unification, not only had to contend against the same disuniting tendencies as appeared in France and”
“Amidships the Pyrenees was an open flaming furnace, out of which poured an immense volume of smoke which rose high above the masts and completely hid the forward part of the ship.”
“He comes of a Basque family and was born in the town of Tarbes, in the Department of the Hautes-Pyrenees, which is on the border of Spain, on October 2,”
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