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Friday, June 06, 2003

alpenglow

\AL-puhn-gloh\ , noun;
1.
A reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of mountains.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Alpenglow is a partial translation of German Alpenglühen, from Alpen, "Alps" + glühen, "to glow."
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