high country

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Noun[edit]

high country (uncountable)

  1. Terrain that is at a relatively high elevation — generally, higher than foothills but not above the timberline — consisting of mountainous areas or elevated expanses of plain.
    • 1907, Stewart Edward White, Arizona Nights, ch. 13:
      We had topped the high country, too, and had started down the other side of the mountains that ran out on the promontory.
    • 1915, Joseph A. Altsheler, The Rock of Chickamauga, ch. 13:
      While Lookout Mountain was the loftiest summit, some of the other ridges rose almost as high. . . . September had now come and the winds were growing crisper in the high country.
    • 2001 Aug. 6, Curt Eidem, "Letters: The War over the West," Time:
      I grew up in Washington State, and have hiked the high country since I was a boy scout in the '60s.

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  • Used especially to refer to certain Western regions of the U.S. and Canada.

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