edelweiss








noun

  1. a small composite plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly leaves and flowers, growing in the high altitudes of the Alps.
  2. a liqueur made in Italy, flavored with the extracts of alpine flowers.

noun

  1. a small alpine flowering plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly oblong leaves and a tuft of attractive floral leaves surrounding the flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
n.

1862, from German EdelweiƟ, literally “noble white,” from Old High German edili “noble” (see atheling) + German weiss “white” (see white).

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