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 wīz ) ( from Old High German wīz, hwīz ; see kweit- in Indo-European roots.)
(usually uncountable, plural edelweisses)
OriginSee also: Edelweiß
From German Edelweiß, from edel (“noble”) + weiß (“white”).