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frost flower

Syllabification: frost flow·er

Definition of frost flower in English:


Any of a group of delicate clusters of ice crystals that form directly from water vapor, typically on the surface of sea ice.
Example sentences
  • This is significant, because it's the salt in frost flowers that could be important to climate change.
  • Solar heat is undoubtably destructive to frost flowers and thus most are found in shaded spots.
  • Each layer of ice is so thin that the total frost flower is almost weightless and will shatter like glass if touched.

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