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scree

Syllabification: scree
Pronunciation: /skrē
 
/

Definition of scree in English:

noun

1A mass of small loose stones that form or cover a slope on a mountain.
Example sentences
  • The roof gives one the sensation of sitting in a dry riverbed or mountain scree slope, particularly because it lacks containing barriers.
  • Melting ice gave way to continual rocks falling down scree slopes and into glacial streams and underground ice caves.
  • It's a steep climb to the gap over loose scree and boulder slopes but the climbing eases off once you enter the narrow confines of The Window.
1.1A slope covered with small loose stones.
Example sentences
  • On three sides, cliffs and screes rose from a lake to the ice-cap above.
  • While Meall a'Ghiubhais is a straightforward climb from the path, the steep screes and formidable northern crags of Ruadh-stac Beag makes a direct ascent almost impossible.
  • This can be found on the screes in the Torlesse Range some 80 km from Christchurch.

Origin

early 18th century: probably a back-formation from the plural screes, from Old Norse skritha 'landslide'; related to skrítha 'glide'.

Words that rhyme with scree

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