- 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
Examples from the Web for edelweiss
Historical Examples of edelweiss
"See, we are above the rest of you; we are the Edelweiss," said these flowers.
Everybody in the Alps wears a sprig of Edelweiss in his hat.A Tramp Abroad, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Subsequently he enclosed a bloom of edelweiss culled on the heights, as he said, in my honour.Ulysses
Hunting for it is like hunting for the edelweiss in Switzerland.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines
They are also often clothed all over in cottonwool, such as the Edelweiss.The Romance of Plant Life
G. F. Scott Elliot
- 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)