[eyd-l-vahys, -wahys]
a small composite plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly leaves and flowers, growing in the high altitudes of the Alps.
a liqueur made in Italy, flavored with the extracts of alpine flowers.

1860–65; < German, equivalent to edel noble + weiss white

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edelweiss (ˈeɪdəlˌvaɪs)
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)
[C19: German, literally: noble white]

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1862, from Ger., lit. "noble white," from O.H.G. edili "noble" (from P.Gmc. *ath(a)l-ja) + Ger. weiss "white."
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Example sentences
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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