Definition of bealach in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɛlax/


A narrow mountain pass.
Example sentences
  • From the lochan that seems to fill the narrow bealach, a path climbs up over grassy slopes to a small lochan on the north-west ridge of the day's second peak, Sgorr Ruadh.
  • Back at the stony bealach a choice of route awaits you.
  • This pass is so typical of many high bealachs in the highlands - steep-sided, wild and resonant with all the imagery that its spirit of place evokes.


Late 18th century: Gaelic, from Middle Irish belach 'a pass, road'.

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