One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A covering of snow on the top of a mountain.
- ‘The energy reflected was far more than expected, and the beam melted the snowcap.’
- ‘Mt. Kilimanjaro's once majestic snowcap has melted to the point where it will now disappear by 2020.’
- ‘I could wait for summer, and take the same picture again in morning light - but by the time the sun is in the right place, the snowcap will have melted.’
- ‘Eliasson's point of focus is the ‘tongue,’ the geological term for glacial movement in which a mountain snowcap melts, runs down into, a valley and refreezes.’
- ‘There's been a lot in the news lately about the alleged effects of warming on the snowcap of Kilimanjaro.’
- ‘The best way to see it is on foot, along the five-day Druk Path between Paro and Thimpu, camping against a backdrop of towering snowcaps.’
- ‘During the day, you ride, go to the geysers up among the snowcaps or walk the volcano.’
- ‘You can see the snowcaps of the Big Island on clear days.’
- ‘All you can get in this place are postcards of snowcaps and old Catholic churches.’
- ‘‘We started out with about 17,’ he says after a brief hallucination in which the snowcaps of the Rockies were actually huge drifts of cocaine, ‘but we lost a bunch of people on the way.’’
2A small Central American hummingbird with mainly purple plumage and a white crown.
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