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Sunday, May 18, 2014


\a-DREY\ , noun;
a side of a mountain receiving direct sunlight.
The shady side, or ubac, is usually rocky, steep and densely forested, whereas the sunny slope, or adret, is gentler and much more fertile.
-- Pier Paolo Viazzo, Upland Communities: Environment, Population and Social Structure in the Alps Since the Sixteenth Century, 1989
The adret receives the maximum incoming radiation and sunshine, whereas the ubac may be permanently in the shade.
-- David Waugh, Geography: An Integrated Approach, 2000
Adret can be traced to the Old Provençal adreg meaning "good; suitable." It entered English by way of French in the early 1900s.
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