Alps

geographical name
\ ˈalps How to pronounce Alps (audio) \

Definition of Alps

mountain system in south central Europe extending from the Mediterranean coast at the border between France and Italy to the western Balkan Peninsula

Note: The sources of the Rhine, Rhône, and Po rivers are located in the Alps.

— see mont blanc

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