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alpine

[ al-pahyn, -pin ]
/ ˈæl paɪn, -pɪn /
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adjective
noun
Alpine, Anthropology. (no longer in technical use) a member of a Caucasoid people found in central Europe and characterized by heavy body build, medium complexion, and straight to wavy hair.
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Origin of alpine

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin Alpīnus, equivalent to Alp(ēs) (plural) “the Alps” + -īnus adjective suffix; see -ine1

OTHER WORDS FROM alpine

al·pine·ly, adverb
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How to use alpine in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for alpine (1 of 2)

alpine
/ (ˈælpaɪn) /

adjective
of or relating to high mountains
(of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth
connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhillCompare nordic
noun
a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions

British Dictionary definitions for alpine (2 of 2)

Alpine
/ (ˈælpaɪn) /

adjective
of or relating to the Alps or their inhabitants
geology
  1. of or relating to an episode of mountain building in the Tertiary period during which the Alps were formed
  2. of or relating to a high mountainous environment heavily modified by glacial erosion
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Scientific definitions for alpine

alpine
[ ălpīn′ ]

Resembling or characteristic of the European Alps or any other high mountain system, especially one that has been shaped by intense glacial erosion.
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