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edelweiss (ā´dəlvīs), perennial aster plant (genus Leontopodium) found at high altitudes in the mountains of Europe, Asia, and South America. It is about 6 in. (15.2 cm) tall with woolly-white floral leaves and small heads of yellow disk flowers surrounded by silvery bracts. Despite its inconspicuous appearance it is esteemed (chiefly by the Swiss) as a symbol of purity and inaccessibility. In Switzerland it is protected by law. Probably because of its associations it has some popularity as a rock garden and pot plant. Edelweiss is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

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edelweiss Small perennial native to the Alps and other Eurasian mountains. It has white, downy leaves and small, yellow flower heads enclosed in whitish-yellow bracts. Family Asteraceae (Compositae); species Leontopodium alpinum.

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e·del·weiss / ˈādlˌwīs; -ˌvīs/ • n. a European mountain plant (Leontopodium alpinum) of the daisy family that has woolly white bracts around its small flowers and downy gray-green leaves.

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edelweiss XIX. — G., f. edel noble + weiss WHITE.

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