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Friday, February 17, 2012

tramontane

\truh-MON-teyn\ , adjective, noun;
1.
Being or situated beyond the mountains.
2.
Beyond the Alps as viewed from Italy; transalpine.
3.
Of, pertaining to, or coming from the other side of the mountains.
4.
Foreign; barbarous.
noun:
1.
A person who lives beyond the mountains: formerly applied by the Italians to the peoples beyond the Alps, and by the latter to the Italians.
2.
A foreigner; outlander; barbarian.
3.
A violent, polar wind from the northwest that blows in southern France.
Quotes:
The tramontane concerns of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company were managed by two resident partners, Fitzgerald and Bridger.
-- Washington Irving, History, Tales, and Sketches
Governor Spottiswood's tramontane expedition had not long gone its romantic way when there came over the mountain trail an English sailor-pioneer named John Shore.
-- Frances Courtenay Baylor, Beyond the Blue Ridge
Origin:
Tramontane comes from the Latin word trānsmontānus which meant beyond the mountains. It is made of three roots: mont meaning mountain, trans meaning over, and -an, a suffix denoting "coming from."
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