One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A flake of snow, especially a feathery ice crystal, typically displaying delicate sixfold symmetry.
- ‘I looked up at the night sky and snowflakes landed on my face.’
- ‘Delicate snowflakes drifted down to land on a head of long blonde curls.’
- ‘Gradually, the snowflake melts inside her palm.’
- ‘We had gone barely a hundred yards when a few snowflakes began to drift downwards.’
- ‘He put his hand out and watched the snowflakes melt on his fingers.’
- ‘Tiny snowflakes brushed her face as they fell, fluttering to the ground.’
- ‘Without hesitation, the blond-haired boy took off again, snowflakes drifting into his face.’
- ‘He watched the tiny snowflakes drift onto his black jean pants.’
- ‘Thick snowflakes swirled, and stung his eyes.’
- ‘They slowly walked down the road as the tiny white snowflakes fell lightly to the ground.’
- ‘The process is like examining a single snowflake in a blizzard.’
- ‘But the moment she was born it snowed such thick and fluffy snowflakes it amazed everyone in the hospital.’
- ‘The waters envelop me as a few snowflakes land in my hair.’
- ‘Natalie loved the snow and she stood at her window watching the snowflakes fall.’
- ‘Memories whirled through her mind like the snowflakes in the blizzard.’
- ‘He smiled and held out his tongue trying to catch a snowflake on his tongue.’
- ‘When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost.’
- ‘As I walked along the concrete sidewalk snowflakes began to fall from the grayish sky.’
- ‘However, given the right weather conditions, the probability that triangular snowflakes will occur is high.’
- ‘I stared out at the drifting snowflakes absently, sitting at the counter with Connor in actual peace.’
2informal, derogatory An overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics.‘these little snowflakes will soon discover that life doesn't come with trigger warnings’‘these parents think their kid is such a special snowflake that they should be allowed to circumvent the rules’coward, namby-pamby, milksop, milquetoast, mouse, weaklingView synonyms
3A white-flowered Eurasian plant related to and resembling the snowdrop, typically blooming in the summer or autumn.
- ‘The summer snowflake also belongs to this group of taller plants.’
- ‘In between the hellebores we have planted Leucojum aestivum, the summer snowflake.’
- ‘Summer flowering plants are indicated by the Latin name aestate; there's Leucojum aestivum, the summer snowflake, and Adonis aestivalis from the buttercup family.’
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