arête

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Borrowing from French arête, from Latin arista.

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arête (plural arêtes)

  1. (geology) A very thin ridge of rock.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 88:
      In his old department in Zürich, they sit in glass cases: models to the life of the peaks he had studied, with the strata painted beautifully and accurately, passing over arête and valley alike.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French areste, from Latin arista.

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arête f (plural arêtes)

  1. (zoology) bone (of a fish), fishbone
  2. edge (of an object); ridge, crest (of mountain)
  3. (architecture) groin (of vault)
  4. bridge of nose
  5. (botany) beard (of rye, barley etc.)
  6. (graph theory) edge

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