Definition of moulin in English:

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moulin

Pronunciation: /mo͞oˈlan/

noun

A vertical or nearly vertical shaft in a glacier, formed by surface water percolating through a crack in the ice.
Example sentences
  • The meltwater pours through large channels called ‘moulins’ until it reaches the base of the ice sheet - the interface between ice and bedrock.
  • I navigated through sculpted corridors, leapt silver streams, and sidestepped moulins all the way to the base of Gangkar Punsum, where I shot a roll of film of the ice-armored peak.
  • When Ken finishes his tale the Kenyans share one of their own about the rescue of some fools on Kilimanjaro and another about the death of a novice who fell into a moulin, a hole in a glacier, and was never found.

Origin

Mid 19th century: French, literally 'mill'.

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