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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]


(ˈæl pənˌstɒk)

a strong staff with an iron point, used by mountain climbers.
[1820–30; < German, =Alpen Alps + Stock staff]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alpenstock - a stout staff with a metal pointalpenstock - a stout staff with a metal point; used by mountain climbers
staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"
tip, peak, point - a V shape; "the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points"


[ˈælpɪnstɒk] Nalpenstock m, bastón m montañero


nBergstock m
References in classic literature ?
Each man had an opera-glass, a canteen, and a guide-book case slung over his shoulder, and carried an alpenstock in one hand and a sun-umbrella in the other.
They were greatly interested in our customs; especially the alpenstocks, for they had not seen any before.
He carried in his hand a long alpenstock, the sharp point of which he thrust into everything that he approached--the flowerbeds, the garden benches, the trains of the ladies' dresses.
He poked his alpenstock, lance-fashion, into Winterbourne's bench and tried to crack the lump of sugar with his teeth.
His companion thanked him for the compliment, and the child, who had now got astride of his alpenstock, stood looking about him, while he attacked a second lump of sugar.
The little boy had now converted his alpenstock into a vaulting pole, by the aid of which he was springing about in the gravel and kicking it up not a little.
"And I'll tell you her name"; and he leveled his alpenstock at his sister.
Winterbourne presently released the child, who departed, dragging his alpenstock along the path.
The strangers leaned on their alpenstocks and listened.