Definitions for edelweissˈeɪd lˌvaɪs, -ˌwaɪs
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e•del•weissˈeɪd lˌvaɪs, -ˌwaɪs(n.)
a small composite plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly leaves and flowers, growing in the high altitudes of the Alps.
Origin of edelweiss:
1860–65; < G, =edel noble +weisswhite
edelweiss, Leontopodium alpinum(noun)
alpine perennial plant native to Europe having leaves covered with whitish down and small flower heads held in stars of glistening whitish bracts
A European perennial alpine plant having downy leaves and small white flower heads in a dense cluster.
Origin: From Edelweiß, from edel + weiß.
a little, perennial, white, woolly plant (Leontopodium alpinum), growing at high elevations in the Alps
Leontopodium alpinum, usually called edelweiss, is a well-known mountain flower, belonging to the Asteraceae. The plant is unequally distributed and prefers rocky limestone places at about 1800–3000 m altitude. It is non toxic, and has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. The dense hair appears to be an adaptation to high altitudes, protecting the plant from cold, aridity and ultraviolet radiation. As a scarce short-lived flower found in remote mountain areas, the plant has been used as a symbol for alpinism, for rugged beauty and purity associated with the Alps, and as a national symbol especially of Austria and of Switzerland. There is a folklore associated with the Edelweiss in which it is stated that giving this flower as a gift to a loved one is a promise of dedication.
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