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alpine

1. (of plants) growing on mountains, esp above the limit for tree growth
2. connected with or used in mountaineering in medium-sized glaciated mountain areas such as the Alps
3. Skiing of or relating to racing events on steep prepared slopes, such as the slalom and downhill
4. a plant that is native or suited to alpine conditions
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alpine

[′al‚pīn]
(ecology)
Any plant native to mountain peaks or boreal regions.
(geology)
Similar to or characteristic of a lofty mountain or mountain system.
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Watson has recently remarked, 'In receding from polar towards equatorial latitudes, the Alpine or mountain floras really become less and less arctic.' Many of the forms living on the mountains of the warmer regions of the earth and in the southern hemisphere are of doubtful value, being ranked by some naturalists as specifically distinct, by others as varieties; but some are certainly identical, and many, though closely related to northern forms, must be ranked as distinct species.
Something of the same kind must have occurred on the intertropical mountains: no doubt before the Glacial period they were stocked with endemic Alpine forms; but these have almost everywhere largely yielded to the more dominant forms, generated in the larger areas and more efficient workshops of the north.
We were pretty well fagged out, now, but as we did not wish to miss the Alpine sunrise, we got through our dinner as quickly as possible and hurried off to bed.
During breakfast our spirits came up a little, since we found by this guide-book that in the hotels on the summit the tourist is not left to trust to luck for his sunrise, but is roused betimes by a man who goes through the halls with a great Alpine horn, blowing blasts that would raise the dead.
We were so sodden with fatigue that we never stirred nor turned over till the blooming blasts of the Alpine horn aroused us.
Designed and manufactured at Alpine's Dieppe plant, the mid-engined, two-seater coupe features aluminium construction to keep weight to a minimum and sophisticated double-wishbone suspension and like all Alpines, it is rear-wheel drive.
THIS is the all-new A110 Premiere Edition Alpine lightweight sports coupe that signals the return of the Alpine marque.
Designed and manufactured at Alpine's Dieppe plant, the mid-engined, twoseater coupe features aluminium construction to keep weight to a minimum and sophisticated double-wishbone suspension, and like all Alpines, it is rearwheel drive.
The first new model for two decades, the A110 Premiere Edition marks the relaunch of Alpine, which was conceived as a standalone brand within the Renault group.