Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, growing in, or inhabiting mountain areas.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Mountainous; specifically, pertaining to the cool, moist upland slopes below the timberline.
  • n. Flora and fauna of a montane habitat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Mountainous; belonging or relating to mountains: as, a montane fauna.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or inhabiting mountainous regions

Etymologies

Latin montānus, from mōns, mont-, mountain; see men-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin montānus ("mountainous"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The most noteworthy species is the viviparous toad Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis (EN), which occurs in montane grasslands at 1,200-1,600 m and is one of the world's few tailless amphibians that is totally viviparous.

    Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve, Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire

  • The first two are classified as montane rain forest, and the third as cloud forest.

    Cook Islands tropical moist forests

  • Climate change would impact slowest in tropical and subtropical coniferous forests, temperate coniferous forests, so-called montane grasslands and shrublands, say the scientists.

    The Sydney Morning Herald News Headlines

  • He explained that gorillas like to live in 'montane' rain forest, or cloud forest.

    Last Chance to See

  • The Eastern Panamanian montane forests are found in the highlands of eastern Panama, and grow at elevations from 500 to 1,800 meters.

    Panamá

  • The Thompson Divide area rises from near Carbondale, where red rock fins contrast sharply with the surrounding greenery along this important riparian area, through montane forests to sub-alpine ecosystems atop Assignation Ridge and beyond into the roadless lands around Clear Fork.

    Rep. Salazar Stands Up for West Slope Ranchers, Local Communities

  • If the release of these hormones is blocked, prairie-voles' sex becomes a fleeting affair, like that normally enjoyed by their rakish montane cousins.

    Rita Pal: Darling, Stand by Me

  • The western delineation is marked by either the continental divide or where it abuts to montane forests at higher elevations.

    Isthmian-Pacific moist forests

  • Although small in size, the 1,500 ha La Selva Biological Station in Northeastern Costa Rica hosts permanent populations of large predators (Panthera onca) and herbivores (Tapirus bairdii) probably because its connection to the upper montane forests of Braulio Carrillo National Park.

    Isthmian-Pacific moist forests

  • In Haiti, the low montane forests of Morne la Visite area listed with 335 plant species and 30% of endemisms on the island and those of the Pic Macaya area are listed with 665 species and 30% of endemics.

    Haiti

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