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Meaning of alpine

al•pine

Pronunciation: (al'pīn, -pin), [key]
— adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, on, or part of any lofty mountain.
  2. very high; elevated.
  3. (cap.) of, pertaining to, on, or part of the Alps.
  4. growing on mountains above the limit of tree growth: alpine plants.
  5. (often cap.) of or pertaining to downhill skiing or a competitive downhill skiing event. Cf. Nordic (def. 3).
  6. (cap.)having the features characteristic of an Alpine.
—n.
  1. (cap.)a member of a Caucasoid people found in central Europe and characterized by heavy body build, medium complexion, and straight to wavy hair.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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