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[al-puh n-stok] /ˈæl pənˌstɒk/
a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.
Origin of alpenstock
1820-30; < German, equivalent to Alpen Alps + Stock staff Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Stand up as I do, and hold your alpenstock behind you like this.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
  • There's a great stick in the corner that Uncle Joe calls his alpenstock.

    Little Lucy's Wonderful Globe Charlotte M. Yonge
  • I looked out for the stick, said Mathilde, handing the alpenstock to Lucia, who took it with a smile.

    Betty Lee, Sophomore David Goodger (
  • He put the belt of his knapsack over his shoulder, and took his alpenstock in his hand.

    Rollo in Switzerland Jacob Abbott
  • Fellpole is a much better word than its foreign equivalent, 'alpenstock'.

  • “I think he is trying to break your alpenstock, Emma,” observed Lewis.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • The leader carried an axe, and his companion a knapsack and an alpenstock.

  • Lawrence rushed deep into the snow and held out his alpenstock.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • She also carried an alpenstock (there is not a mountain within a hundred miles of Dresden) and a black bag strapped to her waist.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • Test the snow-bridges carefully with your alpenstock before you venture on them!

    Soap-Bubble Stories Fanny Barry
British Dictionary definitions for alpenstock


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for alpenstock



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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