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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Sanskrit


Abode of snow


The mountain range on the border between India and Tibet

Examples of Himalayas in a sentence

"We played make-believe in our snow fort and called it the Himalayas. "

"The Himalayas are home to Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world."

About Himalayas

The dual definitions of Himalayas are appropriate as the mountain range is home to 10 of the tallest peaks in the world. The snowy mountains earned their Sanskrit name from ancient Indian travelers. The Sanskrit word translates literally to abode of snow — “hima” is snow and “alayah” is abode.

Did you Know?

More than 50 Himalayan mountains stand at least 23,600 feet tall, including 10 of the 14 tallest in the world.

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