One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A slowly moving mass or river of ice formed by the accumulation and compaction of snow on mountains or near the poles.
frozen waterView synonyms
- ‘The site tracks the waxing and waning of snow cover, glaciers, sea ice, and ice shelves.’
- ‘It is true that in some areas glaciers are retreating, but the venues for the Winter Olympics rely more on snow fields than glaciers.’
- ‘He could see the snowy land in the distance followed by icy mountains and glaciers.’
- ‘We were rewarded next day with brilliant sunshine over a vista of glaciers, bergs, mountains and a sea so dazzling it seemed unreal.’
- ‘Unlike the floating ice shelves, thinning glaciers contribute to global sea-level rise.’
- ‘The moderately steep walk rewards you with wonderful views of the glacier and the mountains.’
- ‘The drier northern section is largely covered with ice caps while glaciers are common at the more humid southern end.’
- ‘The widespread retreat is all the more notable because tropical mountain glaciers are old.’
- ‘They had to cross the mountains, glaciers and snowfields to reach the whaling station on the other side.’
- ‘The mountain range has 3,200 glaciers with hundreds of millions of cubic metres of snow.’
- ‘There are glaciers, alpine mountains, sandy beaches - it's quite extraordinary.’
- ‘Snow, glaciers and ice flows feed these large ice sheets in the colder months.’
- ‘It is the land of lakes, glaciers and waterfalls shedding their endless charm forever.’
- ‘How many people will still travel to the mountain if the glaciers are gone?’
- ‘He said the glaciers in the mountains of Europe now are crumbling due to global warming.’
- ‘Nowhere in the world would one find such a high concentration of huge mountains, peaks, glaciers and passes.’
- ‘Ice sheets, glaciers and underground lakes and rivers carry the rest.’
- ‘It is a country dominated by high peaks and wide flat stretches of lava field, powerful waterfalls and creaking glaciers.’
- ‘As well, glaciers that supply the rivers with much of their water are melting and retreating faster.’
- ‘Above us, waterfalls tumbled down the mountainside from glaciers that hung over the lip of high cols.’
Mid 18th century: from French, from glace ‘ice’, based on Latin glacies.
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