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edelweiss

[eyd-l-vahys, -wahys] /ˈeɪd lˌvaɪs, -ˌwaɪs/
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.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; < German, equivalent to edel noble + weiss white
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  • Much of his early life was spent herding cows and picking edelweiss for tourists.
  • Explore through the edelweiss, slush and snow with sophisticated style and waterproof warmth worthy of your mountaineer spirit.
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edelweiss

/ˈeɪdəlˌvaɪs/
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)
Word Origin
C19: German, literally: noble white
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Word Origin and History for edelweiss
n.

1862, from German Edelweiß, literally "noble white," from Old High German edili "noble" (see atheling) + German weiss "white" (see white).

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