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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 ?
They were greatly interested in our customs; especially the alpenstocks, for they had not seen any before.
The strangers leaned on their alpenstocks and listened.
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.