arete[ar′ə tā′, är′-]
An example of an arete.
Origin of areteClassical Greek
Origin of areteFrench, from Old French areste, fishbone, spine, from Late Latin arista, awn, fishbone, from Latin, awn.
Cirque of the Unclimbables, near Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories, Canada
From Ancient Greek ἀρετή (aretē).
- Alternative spelling of arête.
Variant of arête, which is from French.
- (geology) A very thin ridge of rock.