an extended staff directed with metal used in climbing the Alps
- a stout staff with a metal point; employed by mountain climbers
- a lengthy staff, pointed with iron, found in climbing the Alps.
"long iron-pointed staff employed for hiking in hills," 1829, German, actually "Alpine stick."
(letter.) A lengthy staff, pointed with iron, used in climbing the Alps.
Latrobe, The Alpenstock (1829) and The Pedestrian (1832); J.