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frazil

[frey-zuh l, fraz-uh l, fruh-zeel, -zil] /ˈfreɪ zəl, ˈfræz əl, frəˈzil, -ˈzɪl/
noun
1.
ice crystals formed in turbulent water, as in swift streams or rough seas.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; < Canadian French frasil, frazil, fraisil, French fraisil coal cinders, Old French faisil
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  • frazil ice and submerged frazil slush can accelerate the initiation and early season growth rates of ice thickness.
  • Burbot are rarely found in fast moving water and frazil ice is rough on their gills.
  • They consist primarily of frazil and broken border ice.
  • frazil ice, unconsolidated ice crystals formed in super-cooled water, can clog water intakes.
  • Texturally, accreted ice resembled frazil ice that forms from the consolidation of freely nucleated ice crystals in sea water.
  • frazil ice is composed of individual ice crystals that can be carried down in the water column by vertical currents.
  • River ice initially can be formed as frazil transported by flow, whereas lake or reservoir ice is formed mainly in place.
  • frazil ice is a phenomenon which occurs during freeze-up and creates problems for operation of river intakes in open water.
British Dictionary definitions for frazil

frazil

/ˈfreɪzɪl/
noun
1.
small pieces of ice that form in water moving turbulently enough to prevent the formation of a sheet of ice
Word Origin
C19: from Canadian French frasil, from French fraisil cinders, ultimately from Latin fax torch
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