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névé Line breaks: névé
Pronunciation: /ˈnɛveɪ/

Definition of névé in English:


Another term for firn.
Example sentences
  • The névé was the result of sustained periods of heavy snow followed by freezing conditions that progressively built steep ice walls.
  • I hear water rushing beneath the névé, then we come to little rivers of runoff.
  • ‘Ice, névé, hard pack, wind slab, deep crud and porridge - you'll find every type of snow condition in Scotland, often within the space of a few turns,’ Jaz said, planting his pole vigorously to test the snow around him.


Mid 19th century: from Swiss French, literally 'glacier', based on Latin nix, niv- 'snow'.

Words that rhyme with névé

pavé • corvée • duvet

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