Part of speech: noun

A mountaineers long iron- pointed staff.

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Usage examples "alpenstock":

  1. He put the belt of his knapsack over his shoulder, and took his alpenstock in his hand. - "Rollo in Switzerland", Jacob Abbott.
  2. Unless shod with an iron point it can scarcely be termed an alpenstock, and the nature of the point is of some importance. - "The Ascent of the Matterhorn", Edward Whymper.
  3. Sandy was used to " talking on his feet;" and he stood in an easy posture, tossing his light reddish hair back from his broad forehead, and with one hand resting lightly on the alpenstock he had been carving for Blue Bonnet. - "Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party", C. E. Jacobs Edyth Ellerbeck Read.