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    Is it possible that by the Iron Age, the phrase "ail bán", or some of the dialectal versions of this expression, entered Ancient Greek and Latin from Gaelic, or some other dialect of Celtic languages, in the meaning of white cliffs, white rocks, white peaks? Is this the origin of the name od the mountain range Alps? And the old name for Britain - Albion? Is this where the words such as Proto-Italic *alβos (albos) meaning grayish white, Ancient Greek ἀλφός (alphós) meaning grayish white, and Hittite alpas meaning cloud (also grayish white) come from? Or are these things totally unrelated?

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