alpenstock

noun
al·pen·stock | \ˈal-pən-ˌstäk \

Definition of alpenstock 

: a long iron-pointed staff used in mountain climbing

First Known Use of alpenstock

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alpenstock

German, from Alpen + Stock staff

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