mon·​tane ˌmän-ˈtān How to pronounce montane (audio)
: of, relating to, growing in, or being the biogeographic zone of relatively moist cool upland slopes below timberline dominated by large coniferous trees
: of, relating to, or made up of montane plants or animals

Examples of montane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the 1990s Tom Insel of the National Institutes of Health and his colleagues discovered that prairie voles and their monogamous relatives, pine voles, have receptors for oxytocin and vasopressin in different brain regions than their promiscuous relatives, the meadow and montane voles. Steven Phelps, Scientific American, 18 Jan. 2023 Mooring and several undergraduates will follow steep, muddy trails out of tropical montane forests to a point 12,000 feet high in the Talamancan mountains. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 The eastern canyon is narrower and shadier and features plants from the state’s montane regions; the western one is wider and gets more sunlight and, therefore, contains plants that are more typical of low-lying chaparral areas. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Combine a visit to Aracataca with Reserva de las Aves Río Blanco, in the montane rainforests of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. Christopher Baker, Travel + Leisure, 7 Jan. 2022 This means that parts of the vast montane forest that once stretched across much of central Africa now has permanent protection and is open to visitors. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Spring is a lovely time to explore the foothill and montane landscapes of Salt Lake City, where sunflowers, gum weeds, and bluebells are having their moment in the sun. Wendy Altschuler, Forbes, 1 June 2021 For the first time since its discovery more than 125 years ago, scientists have documented the Bornean subspecies of the Rajah Scops-Owl in the montane forest of Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu. Julia Musto, Fox News, 16 May 2021 On Tasmania, for example, 2019 bush fires scorched the remote Overland Track, home to ancient stands of montane conifers. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


borrowed from Latin montānus "of the mountains, living in the mountains," from mont-, mons "mountain, hill" + -ānus -an entry 2 — more at mount entry 1

First Known Use

1863, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of montane was in 1863

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Cite this Entry

“Montane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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