Definitions

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

  • n. An alpine plant (Leontopodium alpinum), native to Europe and having leaves covered with whitish down and small flower heads surrounded by conspicuous whitish bracts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A European perennial alpine plant, Leontopodium alpinum, with downy leaves and small white flower heads in a dense cluster.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little, perennial, white, woolly plant (Leontopodium alpinum), growing at high elevations in the Alps. It is the national flower of Austria.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Leontopodium alpinum (Gnaphalium Leontopodium) of the Alps and Pyrenees, a plant much sought for by travelers in Switzerland, where it grows at a great altitude in situations difficult of access.

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

  • n. alpine perennial plant native to Europe having leaves covered with whitish down and small flower heads held in stars of glistening whitish bracts

Etymologies

German : edel, noble (from Middle High German edele, from Old High German edili) + weiss, white (from Middle High German wīz, from Old High German wīz, hwīz).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From German Edelweiß, from edel ("noble") + weiß ("white"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jinny, dear, you don't know how hard it is to crowd 'edelweiss' into one syllable until you've tried.

    The Clarion

  • Snow-laced massifs vault into a dark-blue sky and green hills cascade to the valleys below, a panoptic of edelweiss and immortality.

    The Coolest Ferrari Ever—Drive Carefully

  • There were a few older chalets among them, with ancient wood carving over the doors—whittled pinecones and holly sprigs and edelweiss.

    Agent Q, or The Smell Of Danger!

  • Peddling up a steep hill, I pass a cluster of Italian farm houses set in a lush field that's littered with edelweiss.

    Harmon Leon: Dolomite Biking: Are You Experienced?

  • Despite the untimely accident within a field of wild edelweiss, this still has been one of the happiest adventures in my life.

    Harmon Leon: Dolomite Biking: Are You Experienced?

  • I floor it down a field of non-ironic edelweiss set in a peaceful meadow; like you'd see in the movie Sound of Music.

    Harmon Leon: Dolomite Biking: Are You Experienced?

  • Later, I found out this mural depicted a story of a lover fetching edelweiss flowers for his lover.

    Road Trip

  • The bright flowers of the edelweiss waiting to be gathered among the rough rocks of difficult circumstances -- we may call the consolations of God what we will -- who are we that we should find such comforts anywhere?

    I am with you always....

  • Associated herbs are gentians, Gentiana ornata and G. algida var. przewalskii, edelweiss Leontopodium jacotianum and Himalayan blue poppy Meconopsis horridula.

    Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

  • In association with the shrub complex are a variety of herbs such as Gentiana prolata, G. stellata, edelweiss Leontopodium stracheyi, Codonopsis thalictrifolia, Thalictrum chelidonii, lilies Lilium nepalense and Notholirion macrophyllum, Fritillaria cirrhosa and primroses, Primula denticulata, P. atrodentata, P. wollastonii and P. sikkimensis.

    Sagarmatha National Park, Nepal

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