[ eyd-l-vahys, -wahys ]
/ ˈeɪd lˌvaɪs, -ˌwaɪs /


a small composite plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly leaves and flowers, growing in the high altitudes of the Alps.
a liqueur made in Italy, flavored with the extracts of alpine flowers.

Origin of edelweiss

1860–65; < German, equivalent to edel noble + weiss white
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/ (ˈeɪdəlˌvaɪs) /


a small alpine flowering plant, Leontopodium alpinum, having white woolly oblong leaves and a tuft of attractive floral leaves surrounding the flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin for edelweiss

C19: German, literally: noble white
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