alpenstock

[ al-puhn-stok ]
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noun
  1. a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.

Origin of alpenstock

1
1820–30; <German, equivalent to AlpenAlps + Stock staff

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alpenstock

/ (ˈælpənˌstɒk) /


noun
  1. an early form of ice axe, consisting of a stout stick with an iron tip and sometimes having a pick and adze at the head, formerly used by mountain climbers

Origin of alpenstock

1
C19: from German, from Alpen Alps + Stock stick 1

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