alpenstock

[ al-puh n-stok ]
/ ˈæl pənˌstɒk /

noun

a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.

Origin of alpenstock

1820–30; < German, equivalent to Alpen Alps + Stock staff
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alpenstock

/ (ˈælpənˌstɒk) /

noun

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

Word Origin for alpenstock

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