moun·​tain·​ous | \ ˈmau̇n-tə-nəs How to pronounce mountainous (audio) , 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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And, for mountainous and lake-filled landscapes, head to Vorderer Gosausee, three lakes in the Alpine part of Austria, Keyes suggests. Cassie Shortsleeve, Time, "Thinking of Visiting a Popular Tourist Destination? Try These More Affordable Alternatives Instead," 12 July 2019 In this mountainous pine forest section of the desert, Nadine Barlow, a space grant director for NASA and Northern Arizona University, is researching where the best location would be for humans to live on the moon. Charlie Lapastora, Fox News, "Arizona city played critical role in moon exploration history," 10 July 2019 Many former Tour winners, including Eddy Merckx and Alberto Contador, have picked Bernal as their favorite to win a race that features several grueling mountainous stages this year. Samuel Petrequin,, "With many stalwarts not riding this year, some new faces could compete for the title," 5 July 2019 Located in the mountainous Mie Prefecture, about one hour south of Kyoto, the former village was merged with nearby Tsu after their population dipped to 4,000 in 2006. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Misugi, Japan," 5 July 2019 Many former Tour winners including Eddy Merckx and Alberto Contador have picked Bernal as their favorite to win a race that features several grueling mountainous stages this year. Samuel Petrequin,, "Cycling's new generation ready to deliver at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 While the prehistoric reptile may not be exchanging its traditional swamp dwellings for the cooler, more mountainous Pennsylvania to hangout with snowbirds, it is believed that these alligators are escaped pets, according to the article. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Alligators in Pittsburgh? Southeastern reptiles are appearing in places they shouldn’t: report," 24 June 2019 The island's rocky, mountainous east coast is considered too inhospitable and far from mainland China. Ben Westcott, CNN, "A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would be a bloody, logistical nightmare," 23 June 2019 The cave and the town of Mae Sai in the mountainous province on the border with Myanmar are now flooded with curious tourists. NBC News, "Thai soccer team marks anniversary of cave ordeal with run," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of mountainous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mountainous was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of mountainous

: having many mountains
: extremely large


moun·​tain·​ous | \ ˈmau̇n-tə-nəs How to pronounce mountainous (audio) \

Kids Definition of mountainous

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

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