Definitions for edelweissˈeɪd lˌvaɪs, -ˌwaɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•del•weissˈeɪd lˌvaɪs, -ˌwaɪs(n.)

  1. a small composite plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly leaves and flowers, growing in the high altitudes of the Alps.

    Category: Plants

Origin of edelweiss:

1860–65; < G, =edel noble +weisswhite

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. edelweiss(Noun)

    A European perennial alpine plant having downy leaves and small white flower heads in a dense cluster.

  2. Origin: From Edelweiß, from edel + weiß.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Edelweiss(noun)

    a little, perennial, white, woolly plant (Leontopodium alpinum), growing at high elevations in the Alps


  1. Leontopodium alpinum

    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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