Definition of firn in English:

Share this entry

firn

Pronunciation: /ˈfɪən/

noun

[mass noun]
Crystalline or granular snow, especially on the upper part of a glacier, where it has not yet been compressed into ice.
Example sentences
  • About a quarter of that shrinkage, or 7 cm, may have resulted from snow packing down into denser material called firn, says Andrew Shepherd, a glaciologist at the University of Cambridge in England.
  • Combine such dense firn with a daily rhythm of freeze and thaw, and spring avalanche danger is easy to predict and avoid.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from German, from Old High German firni 'old'; related to Swedish forn 'former'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: firn

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.