aiguille

aiguille

[ey-gweel, ey-gweel]
noun
a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.

Origin:
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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aiguille (eɪˈɡwiːl, ˈeɪɡwiːl)
 
n
1.  a rock mass or mountain peak shaped like a needle
2.  an instrument for boring holes in rocks or masonry
 
[C19: French, literally: needle]

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aiguille   (ā-gwēl')  Pronunciation Key 
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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