One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A thin coating of ice or frozen rain on an exposed surface.
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- ‘A recent ice storm had coated the tree branches with a thin layer of verglas, which was now falling down all around me in chunks.’
- ‘The rocks were still wet, even coated with verglas in a few places, but it wasn't raining.’
Early 19th century: French, from verre ‘glass’ + glas (now glace) ‘ice’.
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