mountain man

noun

Definition of mountain man 

: an American frontiersman (such as a trapper) at home in the wilderness

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The mountain man’s already outsize legend only grew after his death, culminating in a TV show that ran in 1977-78. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "The original Grizzly Adams kept his bears on a chain in SF," 7 July 2018 His beard was hugely overgrown, but Violet had sort of a thing for the mountain man look. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Nathan Zellner appears as a mountain man; Robert Forster plays a disillusioned pastor; and musician Russell Mael from the band Sparks provides a bit of yodeling. Mark Olsen, latimes.com, "Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska revel in 'Damsel's' new take on the Old West," 27 June 2018 Near the various ages of Abe is a bronze sculpture of a mountain man with a turkey slung over his shoulder. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Why Indy doesn't have a Reggie Miller statue," 5 July 2018 Even though some early trappers and mountain men had brought back word of a land often far from desertlike, the idea persisted. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Certainly not the gormless Parson Henry, or the doofus-y mountain man (Nathan Zellner) who crosses paths with them in the wilderness, sporting a malfunctioning rifle and a nasty temper. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Robert Pattinson delights in the sly, archly comic western 'Damsel'," 21 June 2018 Learn more about Eastern Oregon, the natural history along the trail, mining and early settlements as well as pioneer life, mountain men, early trail travelers and the Native Americans along the way. Special To The Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Gerry Frank's picks: Connect past to present at these Oregon museums," 18 May 2018 Hiroshi Fujiwara picked up on the brand’s mountain man vibes—flannel shackets, hiking boots, Nordic knitwear—and spiked the lot with streetwear touches: graphic lettering, and a dark palette accented with ripe reds and cobalt blue. Matt Sebra, GQ, "Moncler's "Genius" New Way to Sell You More Puffer Jackets," 23 Feb. 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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