In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1Geographymontaña feminine(stream/path) (before noun) de montaña(air) de la montaña(scenery) montañosothe butter mountain — los excedentes de mantequilla
- to make a mountain out of a molehill — hacer una montaña de un grano de arena
- mountain rescue team — equipo de rescate de montaña
2informal(large quantity)montaña feminine informal
- Gallacher attends his fair share of meetings and usually has a mountain of paperwork to get through at the end of the day.
- When I got into work there was a mountain of work to get through, loads of meeting requests and several problems to sort out.
- In the Middle Ages, mountains of coal piled up in London as a result of sea trade.
- Then there was the fallout, as the dreams of growth vanished to leave only rapidly diminishing cash piles or large mountains of debt.
- Never have I had such a mountain of paperwork to clear before Christmas.
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