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Mountain Moun"tain (moun"t[i^]n), a. 1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains; among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines; mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer. [1913 Webster]

2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great. [1913 Webster]

The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

{Mountain antelope} (Zo["o]l.), the goral.

{Mountain ash} (Bot.), an ornamental tree, the {Pyrus Americana} (or {Sorbus Americana}), producing beautiful bunches of red berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its flowers white, growing in fragrant clusters. The European species is the {Pyrus aucuparia}, or rowan tree.

{Mountain barometer}, a portable barometer, adapted for safe transportation, used in measuring the heights of mountains.

{Mountain beaver} (Zo["o]l.), the sewellel.

{Mountain blue} (Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.

{Mountain cat} (Zo["o]l.), the catamount. See {Catamount}.

{Mountain chain}, a series of contiguous mountain ranges, generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.

{Mountain cock} (Zo["o]l.), capercailzie. See {Capercailzie}.

{Mountain cork} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling cork in its texture.

{Mountain crystal}. See under {Crystal}.

{Mountain damson} (Bot.), a large tree of the genus {Simaruba} ({Simaruba amarga}) growing in the West Indies, which affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes used in medicine.

{Mountain dew}, Scotch whisky, so called because often illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]

{Mountain ebony} (Bot.), a small leguminous tree ({Bauhinia variegata}) of the East and West Indies; -- so called because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and in tanning.

{Mountain flax} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very fine fibers; amianthus. See {Amianthus}.

{Mountain fringe} (Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under {Fumitory}.

{Mountain goat}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Mazama}.

{Mountain green}. (Min.) (a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper. (b) See {Green earth}, under {Green}, a.

{Mountain holly} (Bot.), a branching shrub ({Nemopanthes Canadensis}), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries. It is found in the Northern United States.

{Mountain laurel} (Bot.), an American shrub ({Kalmia latifolia}) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is poisonous. Called also {American laurel}, {ivy bush}, and {calico bush}. See {Kalmia}.

{Mountain leather} (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling leather in its texture.

{Mountain licorice} (Bot.), a plant of the genus {Trifolium} ({Trifolium Alpinum}).

{Mountain limestone} (Geol.), a series of marine limestone strata below the coal measures, and above the old red standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of {Geology}.

{Mountain linnet} (Zo["o]l.), the twite.

{Mountain magpie}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker. (b) The European gray shrike.

{Mountain mahogany} (Bot.) See under {Mahogany}.

{Mountain meal} (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite, occurring as an efflorescence.

{Mountain milk} (Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of lime.

{Mountain mint}. (Bot.) See {Mint}.

{Mountain ousel} (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel; -- called also {mountain thrush} and {mountain colley}. See {Ousel}.

{Mountain pride}, or {Mountain green} (Bot.), a tree of Jamaica ({Spathelia simplex}), which has an unbranched palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate leaves.

{Mountain quail} (Zo["o]l.), the plumed partridge ({Oreortyx pictus}) of California. It has two long, slender, plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.

{Mountain range}, a series of mountains closely related in position and direction.

{Mountain rice}. (Bot.) (a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation, in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States. (b) An American genus of grasses ({Oryzopsis}).

{Mountain rose} (Bot.), a species of rose with solitary flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe ({Rosa alpina}).

{Mountain soap} (Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.

{Mountain sorrel} (Bot.), a low perennial plant ({Oxyria digyna} with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.

{Mountain sparrow} (Zo["o]l.), the European tree sparrow.

{Mountain spinach}. (Bot.) See {Orach}.

{Mountain tobacco} (Bot.), a composite plant ({Arnica montana}) of Europe; called also {leopard's bane}.

{Mountain witch} (Zo["o]l.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of the genus {Geotrygon}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ivy bush — Ivy I vy, n.; pl. {Ivies}. [AS. [=i]fig; akin to OHG. ebawi, ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Hedera} ({Hedera helix}), common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five pointed; the flowers yellowish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ivy bush — ivy bush, 1. a plant or bushy branch of ivy. 2. this plant, or a representation of it, formerly placed outside a tavern as a sign that wine was sold there …   Useful english dictionary

  • ivy bush — Kalmia Kal mi*a, n. [NL. Named in honor of Peter Kalm, a Swedish botanist.] (Bot.) A genus of North American shrubs with poisonous evergreen foliage and corymbs of showy flowers. Called also {mountain laurel}, {ivy bush}, {lamb kill}, {calico… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ivy-bush — iˈvy bush noun A bush or branch of ivy, esp, formerly, one hung at a tavern door, the ivy being sacred to Bacchus • • • Main Entry: ↑ivy …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ivy — I vy, n.; pl. {Ivies}. [AS. [=i]fig; akin to OHG. ebawi, ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Hedera} ({Hedera helix}), common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five pointed; the flowers yellowish and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ivy owl — Ivy I vy, n.; pl. {Ivies}. [AS. [=i]fig; akin to OHG. ebawi, ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Hedera} ({Hedera helix}), common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five pointed; the flowers yellowish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ivy tod — Ivy I vy, n.; pl. {Ivies}. [AS. [=i]fig; akin to OHG. ebawi, ebah, G. epheu.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Hedera} ({Hedera helix}), common in Europe. Its leaves are evergreen, dark, smooth, shining, and mostly five pointed; the flowers yellowish …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ivy — (n.) O.E. ifig, from W.Gmc. *ibakhs (Cf. M.L.G. iflof, Du. eiloof, O.H.G. ebahewi, Ger. Efeu), of unknown origin; the second element in the O.H.G. word may be hay. Ivy bush as a sign of a tavern where wine is served is attested from mid 15c. Ivy… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ivy tod — ivy tod, Archaic. an ivy bush …   Useful english dictionary

  • Bush — (b[.u]sh), n. [OE. bosch, busch, buysch, bosk, busk; akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch, Icel. b[=u]skr, b[=u]ski, Dan. busk, Sw. buske, and also to LL. boscus, buscus, Pr. bosc, It. bosco, Sp. & Pg. bosque, F. bois, OF. bos. Whether the LL.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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