edelweiss

noun
edel·weiss | \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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According to Google, the edelweiss was once on the brink of extinction but is now abundant across Europe. Joseph Hincks, Time, "The Edelweiss Flower Was Discovered on This Day. Here's What You Should Know About Its Alpine Legacy," 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, "The Edelweiss Flower Was Discovered on This Day. Here's What You Should Know About Its Alpine Legacy," 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, "Comment here on cleveland.com court and crime stories for Saturday, March 10, 2018," 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, "Beauty Must-Have: Oribe Intense Conditioner," 12 Feb. 2014

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First Known Use of edelweiss

1862, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edelweiss

German, from edel noble + weiss white

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