Definition of shave ice in US English:

shave ice


  • (in Hawaii) a dessert consisting of very thin shavings of ice flavored with syrup or other sweet ingredients.

    ‘this place has the best shave ice on the island’
    ‘a shave ice with melon, cherry, and passion fruit syrup’
    • ‘Customers ordered cups of shave ice drizzled with syrup in flavors like blue fruit punch or coconut.’
    • ‘It was the fluffiest of all the shave ices we had tried.’
    • ‘During summer months you can also get a good shave ice here.’
    • ‘Slow drive out to Paia where I got grape shave ice and sat on the beach.’
    • ‘The president-elect offered to buy shave ice for the entire pool.’
    • ‘No visit to Hawaii is complete without an afternoon shave ice.’
    • ‘Locals order shave ice with ice cream and adzuki, Japanese sweet beans.’
    • ‘Although shave ice resembles a snow cone, the ice is finely textured rather than crushed.’
    • ‘He also took his daughters to the movies and treated them to shave ice.’
    • ‘The shave ice shop rented space from him before he bought it.’