mountainous

adjective
moun·​tain·​ous | \ ˈmau̇n-tə-nəs, ˈmau̇nt-nəs\

Definition of mountainous

1 : containing many mountains
2 : resembling a mountain : huge

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Other Words from mountainous

mountainously adverb
mountainousness noun

Examples of mountainous in a Sentence

the seemingly mountainous obstacles he had to overcome while growing up

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Both counties encompass the Mendocino National Forest and a mountainous region filled with tinder-dry trees and brush and which has been the scene of multiple, devastating wildfires in recent years. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "In California, More Fires Prompt Evacuations," 31 July 2018 Leave the surface of the dough uneven to create mountainous peaks and valleys. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018 More than 1,500 villagers in Mbua, Yall and Yigi villages have fled into the jungle because of the fighting, which witnesses said has intensified in the mountainous district since last week and killed at least four civilians. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Indonesia rejects rebels’ demand on Papua independence talks," 11 Dec. 2018 Book a room with a fireplace and a deck with outdoor showers and fire pit overlooking the mountainous Santa Ynez wine country. Jessica Flint, WSJ, "The Seattle Hotel Playbook," 3 Dec. 2018 India Lucy DavisonBanyan Tours & TravelsDavison works across the country, planning treks in mountainous Ladakh, palace tours in Jaipur, and visits to festivals in Tamil Nadu. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 In the mythology of the Kwakiutl tribe that once heavily populated the western coast of British Columbia, Dzunukwa is a big, hairy female that lives deep in the mountainous forests. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Science Meets Legend: The Story of Our Search for Bigfoot," 8 Oct. 2018 Like his 2005 piece Piz Uter, Turrell’s new installation is designed to take advantage of its mountainous surroundings. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "James Turrell’s new Skyspace is nestled into the Austrian mountains," 1 Oct. 2018 In a remote outpost in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Ibrahim Abu-Sefira watches a mountainous skyline of jagged rock, ears tuned to the twilight silence, listening for any signs a fragile peace may be disturbed. Brian Rohan, Fox News, "Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mountainous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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mountainous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mountainous

: having many mountains

: extremely large

mountainous

adjective
moun·​tain·​ous | \ ˈmau̇n-tə-nəs \

Kids Definition of mountainous

1 : having many mountains mountainous country
2 : like a mountain in size : huge a mountainous pile

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