See also: Pyrénées

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From Middle English Pireneies, partly from Middle French Pyrénées and partly from Latin Pȳrēnaeī (montēs),[1] from Ancient Greek Πῡρήνη (Pūrḗnē, Pyrene, literally fruit-stone), daughter of Bebryx and beloved of Herakles, and who, legend has it, is buried in the range.[2]

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the Pyrenees pl (plural only)

  1. The mountain range separating Spain from France, inhabited by Basques in the west, Occitans in the centre-north, Aragonese in the centre-south, and Catalans in the east.
  2. A wine-producing region and local government area (Shire of Pyrenees) in Victoria, Australia.

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  1. ^ Pyrenees, n.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.
  2. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2024), “Pyrenees”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.