Edelweiss meaning

ādəl-vīs, -wīs
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.
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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.
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A European perennial alpine plant, Leontopodium alpinum, with downy leaves and small white flower heads in a dense cluster.
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Origin of edelweiss

  • German 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 kweit- in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From German Edelweiß, from edel (“noble”) + weiß (“white”).

    From Wiktionary