Appalachian Mountains[ăpˌə-lāˈchē-ənz, -chənz, -lăchˈē-ənz, -lăchˈənz]
Appalachian Mountains definition by Webster's New World
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mountain system located in E North America, extending from S Quebec to N Ala.: c. 1,600 mi (2,575 m); highest peak, Mt. Mitchell
Origin: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Apalachee Indians ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Amerindian (Choctaw)
Appalachian Mountains definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A mountain system of eastern North America extending about 2,574 km (1,600 mi) southwest from Newfoundland, New Brunswick, and southern Quebec, Canada, to central Alabama. The range includes the Allegheny, Blue Ridge, and Cumberland mountains. Mount Mitchell in western North Carolina is the highest peak, rising to 2,038.6 m (6,684 ft).
Appalachian Mountains - Cultural Definition
- Location of the Appalachian Trail, the world's longest continuous hiking path. It extends over two thousand miles from Maine to Georgia.
- Historically, the Appalachian Mountains were a barrier to early western expansion. In the early 1840s, railroads began to transport settlers across the mountains, permitting access to the frontier.