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[ey-gweel, ey-gweel] /eɪˈgwil, ˈeɪ gwil/
a needlelike rock mass or mountain peak.
Origin of aiguille
1810-20; < French: literally, needle < Vulgar Latin *acūcula, alteration of Late Latin acucula, equivalent to acu(s) needle + -cula -cule1; cf. acicula Unabridged
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  • The aiguille du Gant is, perhaps, the most remarkable monolith shaft in the Alps, and has attained no little fame.

    The Alps Martin Conway
  • By the way, you were all reading about that ascent of the aiguille Verte, the other day?

  • One lovely day about this time I set out once more to try my hand (or rather my feet) alone upon the aiguille.

  • Cross cleavage, the second in aiguille Bouchard; straight and sharp.

  • Having passed out of range of the aiguille du Midi, we found comfortable going on the ice.

  • From there over twenty-four more pylons a cable one thousand four hundred meters long took us to the foot of the aiguille.

    The Spell of Switzerland Nathan Haskell Dole
  • Once the orb appeared behind a rounded mass of snow which lay near the summit of the aiguille du Midi.

  • Clouds at first gathered round the aiguille and Dme du Goter, casting the lower slopes of the mountain into intense gloom.

  • The hollow in the heart of the aiguille is as smooth and sweeping in curve as the cavity of a vast bivalve shell.

British Dictionary definitions for aiguille


/eɪˈɡwiːl; ˈeɪɡwiːl/
a rock mass or mountain peak shaped like a needle
an instrument for boring holes in rocks or masonry
Word Origin
C19: French, literally: needle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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aiguille in Science
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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