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A long staff with an iron point, formerly used by mountain climbers.
[German : Alpen, Alps + Stock, staff (from Middle High German stoc, from Old High German).]
(Mountaineering) an early form of ice axe, consisting of a stout stick with an iron tip and sometimes having a pick and adze at the head, formerly used by mountain climbers
[C19: from German, from Alpen Alps + Stock stick1]
a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.
[1820–30; < German, =Alpen Alps + Stock staff]