a small, flowering plant (Leontopodium alpinum) of the composite family, native to the high mountains of Europe and central Asia, esp. the Alps, with leaves and petal-like bracts that are white and woolly
Origin of edelweissGerman ; from edel, noble, precious + weiss, white
A European alpine plant (Leontopodium alpinum) in the composite family, having leaves covered with whitish down and small flower heads surrounded by conspicuous whitish bracts.
Origin of edelweissGerman : edel, noble (from Middle High German edele, from Old High German edili) + weiss, white (from Middle High German w&imacron;z, from Old High German w&imacron;z, hw&imacron;z; see kweit- in Indo-European roots).
(usually uncountable, plural edelweisses)
OriginSee also: Edelweiß
From German Edelweiß, from edel (“noble”) + weiß (“white”).