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aiguille

[ey-gweel, ey-gweel] /eɪˈgwil, ˈeɪ gwil/
noun
1.
a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < French: literally, needle < Vulgar Latin *acūcula, alteration of Late Latin acucula, equivalent to acu(s) needle + -cula -cule1; cf. acicula
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British Dictionary definitions for aiguille

aiguille

/eɪˈɡwiːl; ˈeɪɡwiːl/
noun
1.
a rock mass or mountain peak shaped like a needle
2.
an instrument for boring holes in rocks or masonry
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: needle
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aiguille in Science
aiguille
  (ā-gwēl')   
A sharply pointed mountain peak found in regions that have undergone intense glaciation. Aigulles are believed to be the remnants of the elevated areas separating two adjacent cirques.
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