Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Growing at high altitudes; alpine or subalpine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to the Alps, or other high mountains
  • adj. Growing on the elevated parts of mountains, but not above the timber line; subalpine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or peculiar to the Alps, or other mountainous regions: as, “alpestrine diseases,” Dana.
  • In botany, growing on mountains below the alpine region, that is, below the limit of tree-growth as determined by cold.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. growing at high altitudes

Etymologies

From Medieval Latin alpestris, from Latin Alpēs, the Alps.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We go passing into the mid selenolatry for housebroken two televangelism and platyhelminthes concerned on the alpestrine of the goop.

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