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[al-puh n-gloh] /ˈæl pənˌgloʊ/
a reddish glow often seen on the summits of mountains just before sunrise or just after sunset.
Origin of alpenglow
1870-75; < German Alpenglühen, with glow replacing German glühen Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • On August 23, 1869, the evening alpenglow was very fine, though it did not reach its maximum depth and splendour.

  • “No; it is only what people call the alpenglow,” said Bracy softly, for the wondrous beauty of the scene impressed him.

    Fix Bay'nets George Manville Fenn
  • When those glossy domes swim into the alpenglow, wet after rain, you conceive how long and imperturbable are the purposes of God.

  • There were fleeting blushes as rosy as the alpenglow now tinging her pale cheek.

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
British Dictionary definitions for alpenglow


a reddish light on the summits of snow-covered mountain peaks at sunset or sunrise
Word Origin
partial translation of German Alpenglühen, from AlpenAlps + glühen to glow
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