edelweiss


edel·weiss

noun \ˈā-dəl-ˌvīs, -ˌwīs\

Definition of EDELWEISS

:  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 of EDELWEISS

German, from edel noble + weiss white
First Known Use: 1862

edelweiss

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum)—Siegfried Eigstler/Shostal Associates

Perennial plant (Leontopodium alpinum) of the aster family (Asteraceae), native to alpine areas of Europe and South America. It has 2–10 yellow flower heads in a dense cluster. Below these flower heads, 6–9 lance-shaped, woolly, white leaves are arranged in the form of a star. Most varieties are ornamentals.

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