Word of the Day Archive
Friday June 6, 2003
alpenglow \AL-puhn-gloh\ , noun:
A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.
In the soft alpenglow, we watch copper turn pink on the peaks above.
-- Brian Payton, "A river of dreams", Boston Globe, July 25, 1999
At the Ahwahnee Hotel, guests book reservations a year in advance to watch the alpenglow off the majestic Half Dome from cozy rooms equipped with TVs and minibars.
-- Jeanne McDowell, "Fighting For Yosemite's Future", Time, January 14, 1991
Alpenglow is a partial translation of German Alpenglühen, from Alpen, "Alps" + glühen, "to glow."