Definition of alpine in English:


Syllabification: al·pine
Pronunciation: /ˈalˌpīn


[usually attributive]
  • 1Of or relating to high mountains: alpine and subalpine habitats
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    • The hikers start in tropical rainforest territory and travel through moorlands, alpine meadows and glaciers on the summit.
    • Plant communities thrive there, from ribbons of riparian plants to sagebrush fiats, lodgepole pine forests, subalpine meadows and alpine stone fields.
    • They inhabit every terrestrial ecosystem on earth, from rainforest canopies to alpine mountains, from lakes and rivers to hot dry deserts.
  • 1.1 (Alpine) Of or relating to the Alps: the major Alpine ski venues
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    • At first sight, it is your standard-issue Alpine hotel: built on old cattle pasture and still run by the family that owned the cows.
    • But all seemed normal in the picture-postcard Alpine village of 3117 people.
    • The gas would be piped in from the Alpine oil and gas field, eight miles north of the Inupiat village of about 450 people.
  • 1.2 (also Alpine) (Of skiing) involving downhill racing: an alpine ski team
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    • Events include snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and alpine downhill racing at the Sunshine Village, one of the most exclusive areas of Banff in the Canadian Rockies.
    • The Alpine Trekker is simply a dummy ski-boot sole that you clip into your alpine ski binding.
    • This was a hoot, since the exam was given on an alpine hill that I skied on with my long, skinny, wooden skis.


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  • 1A plant native to mountain districts, often suitable for growing in rock gardens.
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    • The four acre garden provides a decorative home for many interesting and unusual plants including a large rock garden with rare alpines, colourful herbaceous borders, rhododendrons and a choice collection of tress and shrubs.
    • Believe it or not, although I have gardened for years on a property that contains plants from fruit trees through small alpines, I do not own a pressure sprayer.
    • Trough gardens are ideal places to display tiny horticultural treasures: dwarf conifers, alpines, miniature succulents, and other precious little plants.
  • 2A North American butterfly that typically has brownish-black wings with orange-red markings.
    • Genus Erebia, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae: several species
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    • An increasing amount of forests along ridgetops in the front ranges of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is reducing the ability of some alpine butterflies to disperse among patches of suitable habitat.
    • Here we use mark-recapture methods to estimate movement of the alpine butterfly through both meadow and forest habitats
    • Here we use mark-recapture methods to estimate movement of the alpine butterfly through both meadow and forest habitats


late Middle English: from Latin Alpinus, from Alpes 'Alps' (see Alps).

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