Definition of edelweiss in English:


Line breaks: edel|weiss
Pronunciation: /ˈeɪd(ə)lvʌɪs


  • A European mountain plant which has woolly white bracts around its small flowers and downy grey-green leaves.
    • Leontopodium alpinum, family Compositae
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    • Celebrated in The Sound of Music, the edelweiss has white star-shaped flowers and grows on rocks and in crevices.
    • Even the dignified Sir Alec Guinness was so enamoured of his co-star in ‘Fall of the Roman Empire’ that he searched the Swiss mountains for a rare edelweiss to lay at her feet.
    • Large carnivores, it turned out, were attracting people who wouldn't come just for the edelweiss and primrose.


mid 19th century: from German, from edel 'noble' + weiss 'white'.

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