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alpenstock

[al-puh n-stok] /ˈæl pənˌstɒk/
noun
1.
a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; < German, equivalent to Alpen Alps + Stock staff
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  • It was fastened to the original alpenstock used on the climb.
British Dictionary definitions for alpenstock

alpenstock

/ˈælpənˌstɒk/
noun
1.
an early form of ice axe, consisting of a stout stick with an iron tip and sometimes having a pick and adze at the head, formerly used by mountain climbers
Word Origin
C19: from German, from AlpenAlps + Stockstick1
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Word Origin and History for alpenstock

Alpenstock

n.

"long iron-pointed staff used for hiking in mountains," 1829, German, literally "Alpine stick."

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