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edelweiss

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noun edel·weiss \ˈā-dəl-ˌvīs, -ˌwīs\

Definition of edelweiss

  1. :  a small alpine perennial composite herb (Leontopodium alpinum) of central and southeast Europe that has a dense woolly white pubescence



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Origin and Etymology of edelweiss

German, from edel noble + weiss white


First Known Use: 1862


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