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blue ice

noun, Geology
1.
the oldest and densest ice in a glacier, distinguished by a pale-blue color.
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  • From the top we searched with glasses; there was nothing to be seen but blue ice, crevassed, showing no protuberances.

    South! Sir Ernest Shackleton
  • But there was no disregarding this half-inch of blue ice that had covered the spring.

    The Strength of the Pines Edison Marshall
  • The figure on Grismet lay stretched out at full length on the blue ice, his eyes closed.

    The Stutterer R.R. Merliss
  • Bravely she ploughs through two feet of blue ice; and when she comes to the high ridges backs up and charges them again and again.

  • His face was dark, forbidding, the lines deeply bitten about a somber mouth, his eyes were like blue ice.

    The Happy End Joseph Hergesheimer
  • But here, for once, we had the genuine article, blue ice without a speck of snow on it.

    True Tales of Mountain Adventures Mrs. Aubrey Le Blond
  • A great slab of blue ice, momentarily dislodged, heaves endways upward, then settles down above the head of the girl.

    In the Whirl of the Rising Bertram Mitford
  • Off again, we "plugged" away until midnight when we were much surprised to find the usual snow surface merging into blue ice.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • The sledges ran through a sea of crevassed, blue ice, over ridges and past open chasms.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Even hard, blue ice may become channelled and pitted by the action of drift.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
Contemporary definitions for blue ice
noun

coarsely crystallized ice on the surface of some lakes and seas

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Slang definitions & phrases for blue ice

blue ice

noun phrase

Wastewater discharged from aircraft in flight, which freezes on the way to the ground

[Airlines 1990s+; fr the blue toilet disinfectant used]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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