Etymology
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massif (n.)

"large block of mountains, more or less distinctly defined; a central mountain mass, the dominant part of a range of mountains," 1885, from French massif "bulky, solid" (see massive), also used as a noun in French, as in Massif Central, name of the plateau in the middle of southern France.

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Definitions of massif

massif (n.)
a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range;
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