edel·​weiss ˈā-dᵊl-ˌvīs How to pronounce edelweiss (audio)
: a small alpine perennial composite herb (Leontopodium alpinum) of central and southeast Europe that has a dense woolly white pubescence

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The plot: a corpse is found, tied up, with an edelweiss in its mouth. Trinidad Barleycorn, Variety, 9 Sep. 2022 Our wish was to extract the stem cell of the edelweiss since this rare flower is the main ingredient in all of our products. Celia Shatzman, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Remember as a kid the white blooms of clover dotting the lawn in spring like edelweiss in an alpine meadow? Steve Bender, Southern Living, 15 May 2020 French classic Piz Buin Mountain Sun Cream incorporates edelweiss to guard against the wind while Bare Republic’s mineral sunscreen sticks come in bright shades. Kari Molvar, WSJ, 5 Feb. 2020 According to Google, the edelweiss was once on the brink of extinction but is now abundant across Europe. Joseph Hincks, Time, 5 Mar. 2018 The common name for Leontopodium nivale, which means lion’s foot, the word edelweiss was first discovered in writing on March 5, 1784. Joseph Hincks, Time, 5 Mar. 2018 Spellers were challenged with words from a multitude of backgrounds, including edelweiss, a German word, and waterzooi, which is Belgian. Staff, cleveland.com, 10 Oct. 2017 Between pro-vitamin B5, keratin proteins, as well as shea butter, olive oil, mirabelle plum oil and a blend of watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts, flyways and split ends don't stand a chance. Nicole Catanese, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Feb. 2014 See More

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Word History


German, from edel noble + weiss white

First Known Use

1862, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of edelweiss was in 1862

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“Edelweiss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edelweiss. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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edel·​weiss ˈād-ᵊl-ˌwīs How to pronounce edelweiss (audio)
: a small woolly herb that is related to the thistles and grows high in the Alps

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