arête

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noun \ə-ˈrāt\

Definition of arête

  1. :  a sharp-crested ridge in rugged mountains

Origin and Etymology of arête

French, literally, fish bone, from Late Latin arista, from Latin, beard of grain


First Known Use: 1838


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