An example of an arete.
arete definition by Webster's New World
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excellence or virtue, esp. in the full realization of potential or inherent function by a person or thing
Origin: Classical Greek
arete definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A sharp, narrow mountain ridge or spur.
Origin: French, from Old French areste, fishbone, spine, from Late Latin arista, awn, fishbone, from Latin, awn.
arete - Science Definition
A sharp, narrow ridge or spur commonly found above the snow line in mountainous areas that have been sculpted by glaciers. Arêtes form as the result of the continued backward erosion of adjoining cirques.