Share this entry

Share this page

bergschrund

Line breaks: berg|schrund
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːɡʃrʊnd
 
/

Definition of bergschrund in English:

noun

A crevasse at the junction of a glacier or snowfield with a steep upper slope.
Example sentences
  • Pumping turn after exuberant turn, I drop to the south side of the mountain until I'm looking straight down into the gaping bergschrund.
  • Already 20 to 30 percent stiffer than standard freeride boards, the Frontier is even firmer between the front and back foot to provide a more solid platform for when you, say, hit a bergschrund at 50 mph.
  • I reach the bergschrund in less than an hour, only to find that I've miscalculated.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German, from Berg 'mountain' + Schrund 'crevice'.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day tenebrous
Pronunciation: ˈtenəbrəs
adjective
dark; shadowy or obscure