See under (def 2).
Also called snakeweed. a European plant, Polygonum bistorta, of the buckwheat family, having a twisted root, which is sometimes used as an astringent.
any of several related plants, as P. viviparum (alpine bistort)
Ser′pent-fish, the snake-fish; Ser′pent-grass, the alpine bistort.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements) Various
Also called snakeroot, snakeweed, Easter-ledges. a Eurasian polygonaceous plant, Polygonum bistorta, having leaf stipules fused to form a tube around the stem and a spike of small pink flowers
Also called snakeroot. a related plant, Polygonum bistortoides, of W North America, with oval clusters of pink or white flowers
any of several other plants of the genus Polygonum
- Alpine combined
a competition for Alpine skiers in a combination of downhill and slalom races, the winner having the highest total score.
- Alpine currant
. an ornamental shrub, Ribes alpinum, of Europe, having greenish-yellow flowers and scarlet fruit.
- Alpine fir
a fir, Abies lasiocarpa, of the Rocky Mountains, yielding a soft, brittle wood used for making boxes, crates, etc. Historical Examples The principal trees of the meadow area are the alpine fir, the alpine hemlock, and the Alaska cedar. The Mountain that was ‘God’ John H. Williams Arizona Cork Fir (Abies arizonica) very closely resembles […]
- Alpine garden
a rock garden. Historical Examples Its neat dwarf growth, and flowering as it does when hardly a foot high, renders it a choice subject for the alpine garden. Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs A. D. Webster For the alpine garden it is particularly suitable, and though growing rather slowly thrives well in good light […]