from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

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  • proper n. The mountain range separating Spain from France, inhabited by Basques in the west and Catalans in the east.

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  • 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)



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