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alpine

[al-pahyn, -pin] /ˈæl paɪn, -pɪn/
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
7.
(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.
Origin of alpine
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin Alpīnus, equivalent to Alp(ēs) (plural) the Alps + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
alpinely, adverb
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Examples from the Web for alpine
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  • It was a splendid exhibition of the scene in its alpine aspects, and completed the pictures of the varied day.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • This is the very best time of day, you know—for alpine scenery.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • So have I seen this grand law asserting the governance of its God in those alpine crags on which the stars seem to pause.

    The Quiver 3/1900 Anonymous
  • From this alpine region we descend through two months in half a day.

  • On the dresser—which he had ascended by a chair—was Billy, the acrobatic goat, doing his alpine daring act.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for alpine

alpine

/ˈælpaɪn/
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 downhill Compare nordic
noun
5.
a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions

Alpine

/ˈælpaɪn/
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
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Word Origin and History for alpine

Alpine

adj.

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

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alpine in Science
alpine
  (āl-pĭn)   
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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