Definition of hoar in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɔː
archaic or • literary


  • Greyish white; grey or grey-haired with age.
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    • These depth hoar complexes, as they are called, can usually be counted as annual layers in the top portion of the GISP2 core.
    • Gertrude does speak of a willow which ‘grows askant the brook / That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream.’


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  • Hoar frost.
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    • There is still some depth hoar on the ground, but fairly consistent, and more importantly, frozen layers above.
    • Hector noticed spicules of rime adorning the packing-case shelves like fluffy moulds and hoar on his own beard.
    • Depth hoar develops when a large, vertical temperature gradient causes vapour to sublime, diffuse and crystallize in a layer.


Old English hār, of Germanic origin; related to German hehr 'majestic, noble'.

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