I. adjective 1. relating to high mountains • alpine and subalpine habitats.
2. ( Alpine) — relating to the Alps • Alpine guides.
[Skiing] relating to or denoting skiing downhill
• an alpine ski team.
Often contrasted with Nordic.
II. noun 1. a plant native to mountain districts, often suitable for growing in rock gardens. • a collection of alpines and dwarf bulbs.
2. a North American butterfly which has brownish-black wings with orange-red markings.●Genus Erebia, subfamily Satyrinae, family Nymphalidae.
– origin late Middle English: from Latin Alpinus, from Alpes ‘Alps’ (see alp).