a. Pertaining to, characteristic of, or resembling the European Alps or any lofty mountain or mountain system, esp. one modified by intense glacial erosion. Spelled Alpine when referring specif. to European Alps. AGI
b. Characteristic or descriptive of the mountainous regions lying between timberline and snowline; said of the climate, flora, relief, ecology, etc. Less strictly, pertaining to high elevations and cold climates. AGI
c. A general term for topographical and structural features that resemble in grandeur and complexity those of the European Alps, regardless of the age or location of the mountains and features so described. AGI
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