Meaning of ubac in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjuːbak/


  • A mountain slope which receives little sunshine, especially one facing north.

    Compare with adret

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The ubacs (the North facing shady slopes) are given over to forests.’
    hill, hillside, hillock, bank, rise, escarpment, scarp


1920s from French, apparently from Latin opacus ‘shady’.