Definition of névé in English:



  • another term for firn
    • ‘I hear water rushing beneath the névé, then we come to little rivers of runoff.’
    • ‘The névé was the result of sustained periods of heavy snow followed by freezing conditions that progressively built steep ice walls.’
    • ‘‘Ice, névé, hard pack, wind slab, deep crud and porridge - you'll find every type of snow condition in Scotland, often within the space of a few turns,’ Jaz said, planting his pole vigorously to test the snow around him.’


Mid 19th century: from Swiss French, literally glacier, based on Latin nix, niv- snow.