American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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. It is remarkable for its dense clusters of flower-heads surrounded by a radiating involucre of floral leaves, all densely clothed with a close, white, cottony pubescence.
- n. A European perennial alpine plant, Leontopodium alpinum, with downy leaves and small white flower heads in a dense cluster.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A little, perennial, white, woolly plant (Leontopodium alpinum), growing at high elevations in the Alps. It is the national flower of Austria.
- n. alpine perennial plant native to Europe having leaves covered with whitish down and small flower heads held in stars of glistening whitish bracts
- From German Edelweiß, from edel ("noble") + weiß ("white"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Jinny, dear, you don't know how hard it is to crowd 'edelweiss' into one syllable until you've tried.”
“Snow-laced massifs vault into a dark-blue sky and green hills cascade to the valleys below, a panoptic of edelweiss and immortality.”
“There were a few older chalets among them, with ancient wood carving over the doors—whittled pinecones and holly sprigs and edelweiss.”
“Peddling up a steep hill, I pass a cluster of Italian farm houses set in a lush field that's littered with edelweiss.”
“Despite the untimely accident within a field of wild edelweiss, this still has been one of the happiest adventures in my life.”
“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.”
“Later, I found out this mural depicted a story of a lover fetching edelweiss flowers for his lover.”
“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?”
“Associated herbs are gentians, Gentiana ornata and G. algida var. przewalskii, edelweiss Leontopodium jacotianum and Himalayan blue poppy Meconopsis horridula.”
“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.”
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