alpine






adjective

  1. of, pertaining to, on, or part of any lofty mountain.
  2. very high; elevated.
  3. (initial capital letter) of, pertaining to, on, or part of the Alps.
  4. Botany. growing on mountains above the limit of tree growth: alpine plants.
  5. (often initial capital letter) of or relating to downhill skiing or a competitive downhill skiing event.Compare Nordic(def 3).
  6. (initial capital letter) Anthropology. having the features characteristic of an Alpine.

noun

  1. (initial capital letter) Anthropology. a member of a Caucasoid people found in central Europe and characterized by heavy body build, medium complexion, and straight to wavy hair.

adjective

  1. of or relating to high mountains
  2. (of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth
  3. connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
  4. skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhillCompare nordic

noun

  1. a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions

adjective

  1. of or relating to the Alps or their inhabitants
  2. geology
    1. of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the Tertiary period during which the Alps were formed
    2. of or relating to a high mountainous environment heavily modified by glacial erosion
adj.

“of the Alps,” early 15c., from Latin Alpinus; see Alp. Earlier was Alpish (1590s).

  1. Resembling or characteristic of the European Alps or any other high mountain system, especially one that has been shaped by intense glacial erosion.

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