frazil

[ fraz-uhl ]

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Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

Late 19th century; French

from Canadian French frasil ‘snow floating in the water’, from French fraisil ‘cinders’

Synonyms

  • ice
  • crystals

Antonyms

  • liquid

Definition

ice crystals formed in turbulent water, as in swift streams or rough seas

Example

The rushing river in Alaska created an abundance of frazil.

Usage Over Time

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