An alp on the Italian border.
Origin of alp; from Classical Latin Alpes, the Alps, high mountains; probably ; from a non-IE root an unverified form alb-, mountain: thought by some scholars to be also the origin of Albion
- A high mountain.
- A very large mound or mass.
Origin of alpBack-formation from the Alps.
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”).