Back-formation from alps (plural), from Latin alpes (“high mountains, especially those of Switzerland”), of Celtic or Germanic origin (compare Old Saxon elbon (“Alps”), Old High German Alpūn (“Alps”); Old High German alba (“alp, mountain”)), probably from Proto-Indo-European *albʰós (“white”).
alp (plural alps)
- A very high mountain. Specifically, one of the Alps, the highest chain of mountains in Europe.
- Nor breath of vernal air from snowy alp.
- Alexander Pope
- Hills peep o'er hills, and alps on alps arise.
† Dialect form
‡The d’ of this form is found only in the independent construction; it disappears in the dependent construction.
- alp (high mountain)
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|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.
Middle High GermanEdit
- (elf, spirit): alb
- German: Alb
- Marshall Jones Company (1930). Mythology of All Races Series, Volume 2 Eddic, Great Britain: Marshall Jones Company, 1930, pp. 220.