Definition of ubac in English:

ubac

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Pronunciation: /ˈjuːbak
 
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noun

Geography
A mountain slope which receives little sunshine, especially one facing north. Compare with adret.
More example sentences
  • This kind of moor, well represented in Tarentaise is characterised by ubacs (north or north west facing slopes).
  • Adrets (south-facing slopes) are most suitable for building villages and growing crops, whilst ubacs (north-facing slopes) often remain wooded.
  • Ubacs are colder, have more snow cover and a longer duration of snow cover.

Origin

1930s: from French, apparently from Latin opacus 'shady'.

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