alpenglow

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Mountains with light on one side
The Italian Dolomites with light shining on them

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A partial calque of German Alpenglühen, with the second element replaced by the English equivalent glow.

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alpenglow (usually uncountable, plural alpenglows)

  1. A rosy or reddish glow seen during sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains, especially snow-covered mountains on the opposite side of the sun.
    • 2021 February 16, Dan Richards, “Peak cabin: a fire-spotter's lonely vantage point in Washington state”, in The Guardian[1]:
      But Jim was all smiles and, as if in added welcome, alpenglow suddenly flared to flood the summit hot pink and lit up the cabin.

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